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CSUF to Host North American Sport History Conference

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International sport historians and scholars will assemble May 26-29 at Cal State Fullerton for the 45th annual convention of the North American Society for Sport History. This year’s conference features 46 panel presentations on a variety of topics, such as doping, politics, sports medicine, race and gender.

A pre-conference workshop focusing on “Sun, Surf and Toned Bodies: California’s Impact on the History of Sport and Leisure” will be held May 24-25.

Presentations by CSUF faculty members and students include:

  • John Gleaves and Matthew Llewellyn, associate professors of kinesiology, “The ‘Big Arms’ Race: Doping and the Cold War Defense of American Exceptionalism”
  • Ashley Loup, graduate student in American studies, “In-Your-Face: Race, Sportsmanship and the Ban of the Dunk”
  • Emmanuel Macedo, graduate student in kinesiology, “Uncovering the Silenced: Voices of Dissent in Anti-Doping Discourse”
  • Toby Rider, assistant professor of kinesiology, “Crossing the Iron Curtain: The Eisenhower Administration, Cultural Infiltration and Sports Tours to Eastern Europe”

Other conference highlights include a film screening and discussion with the director of “Requiem for a Running Back,” a graduate student panel presentation on “Career Advice for Sport Historians” and award presentations.

For more information, visit or contact Toby Rider at