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Scholar of British Olympics to Discuss Modern Games

Oct. 24, 2012

Matthew P. Llewellyn

Matthew P. Llewellyn

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British sport historian Matthew P. Llewellyn, Cal State Fullerton assistant professor of kinesiology, will discuss England’s Olympic heritage during a special lecture Oct. 29. The talk is free and open to the public.


Monday, Oct. 29
5 p.m.


Titan Student Union Portola Pavilion
Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


Llewellyn joined Cal State Fullerton’s faculty in 2010. His degrees in kinesiology include a Ph.D. from Penn State, an M.A. from Cal State Long Beach and a bachelor's degree from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. Born and raised in England, Llewelyn is the author of “Rule Britannia: Nationalism, Identity and the Modern Olympic Games” (Routledge, 2012). The 210-page book traces the history of Britain’s Olympic Games.


“We are presenting this event in light of recent worldwide attention to the London Olympic games,” said Cora A. Granata, associate professor of history and director of the European studies program. “We would like to inform those interested in the history of Britain’s rich sporting heritage of the role sports have played in British history and identity, as well as Britain’s influence around the world. Dr. Llewellyn will touch on issues from his recent book, in which he analyzes the ways the British embraced sport as a vehicle for the promotion of masculine virtue and Christianity, and also as an instrument for empire building. Sports such as cricket and rugby solidified colonial and dominion relations with the motherland and furthered Britain’s territorial claims overseas historically. He also will discuss the important role Britain played in creating the modern Olympic Games.”

More Information:

Contact the campus European Studies Society at or visit the website.


Cal State Fullerton’s European Studies Society, Phi Alpha Theta and History Students Association

Media Contacts:

Cora A. Granata, 657-278-3568
Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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