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Games Colleges Play author John Thelin to speak May 11 on sports controversies in the Ivy League

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 05/06/05 • Contact Genevieve Haas (603) 646-3661

On May 11, John Thelin, educational policy professor at the University of Kentucky and author of Games Colleges Play, will appear at Dartmouth to discuss the historical relationship between athletics and scholarship within the Ivy League. Games Colleges Play, published in 1994, looks at college sports scandals between 1890 and 1990. It was selected as an Outstanding Academic Book of the Year by the Association of  American Research Libraries. His latest book, A History of American Higher Education was published in 2004 to critical acclaim.

John Thelin
John Thelin, author of Games Colleges Play will speak at Dartmouth on May 11th.

Thelin's  talk, "Academics, Athletics and the Ivy League" is sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. He will discuss how and why the Ivy League was formed (for both academic and athletic purposes), and how sports controversies have been a perennial source of tension, even in a league that was designed to avoid them. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Dartmouth Hall, room 105.

Thelin developed an interest in the study of college sports while completing his Ph.D. dissertation on the evolution of the Ivy League.  As Chancellor Professor at the College of  William & Mary and a member of the college's Athletics Advisory Committee, he helped analyze the economics of college sports.  As a result he served as an expert witness to the Knight Foundation on the Future of College Sports in 1990.  In recent years he's written several articles on such issues as Title IX, athletics and admissions, and the "fiscal fitness" of college sports programs.  In 2001 he was keynote speaker at the 150th anniversary of the Harvard Athletic Association. 

Thelin, who graduated from Brown University in 1969, was a letterman on the varsity wrestling team there. As a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley he received an M.A. in American History and a Ph.D. in the History of Education.  He also won the all-campus cross-country race two years in a row. Before joining the University of Kentucky faculty in 1996, Thelin was Professor at Indiana University.  At The College of William & Mary in Virginia from 1981 to 1993 he was Chancellor Professor, received the Phi Beta Kappa Award for Faculty Scholarship, and was President of the Faculty Assembly.

A long-distance runner, Thelin ran the Boston Marathon in 1969 and has won state master's race championships in Virginia and Kentucky. He was also a member of the 1993 national championship master's team from Williamsburg, Virginia.

This event is free and open to the public.

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