Jan. 26, 2007
Dr. Susan Brownell, internationally recognized expert on Chinese sports, will present “Will the Olympics Change China, or Will China Change the Olympics?” at Morningside College on Friday, Feb. 9, at 11:45 a.m. in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue. The free program is part of Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS) and is open to the public.
The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games will mark only the third time the Olympic Summer Games will be held outside the Western Hemisphere and, according to Brownell, is the “greatest-ever meeting of East and West in peacetime.” During the presentation, Brownell will address Chinese views on how the games may effect social change, cultural heritage, quality of life issues, education, and many other issues.
Brownlee is associate professor and chair of the department of anthropology at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, where she specializes in international business, sports and body culture, and women’s issues. She was a nationally-ranked track and field athlete in the United States prior to joining the track team at Beijing University in 1985 and 1986, representing Beijing in the 1986 Chinese National College Games.
She has served as consultant and expert on Chinese sports for various media including Sports Illustrated, The Los Angeles Times, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, China Central Television, and The Discovery Channel, to name a few. She is author of “Training the Body for China: Sports in the Moral Order of the People’s Republic of China” published in 1995 by the University of Chicago Press. Brownell received a doctorate from the University of California in Santa Barbara in 1990.