Dec. 4, 2006
Dr. Heather Reid, associate professor and chair of philosophy at Morningside College, recently traveled to Rome, Italy, where she delivered two lectures to more than 200 students at the University Institute of Motor Sciences.
The lectures, each delivered in Italian, were included as part of the general pedagogy taken by students planning to study coaching or physical education. The lectures discussed how taking a philosophical approach to sports enhances the educational potential of the experience and were based on Reid’s book The Philosophical Athlete, published in 2002 by Carolina Academic Press, Durham, N.C.
In addition to students, three of the university’s professors also attended Reid’s lecture, including Sante Bucci, dean of motor sciences, Paolo Parisi, director of graduate studies, and Emanuele Isidori, instructor of the course.
The University Institute of Motor Sciences, formerly the State Institute for Physical Education, is the only Italian state university dedicated to sports and movement sciences. The university’s scope covers scientific research, coaching for recreational sports and high-level competitive sports, teaching, fitness, rehabilitation, organization, and management of sports events and facilities.
Reid has been at Morningside since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has received international recognition for her expertise on the philosophical foundations of the Olympic Games and serves as president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS). She is currently at work on a book about philosophy and athletics in the ancient world.