Can Sport Bridge Social Divisions? Pope Francis, Fanatic Fans, and the Culture of Encounter

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6:30pm Reception for in-person guests
7:00pm Lecture (and livestream) begins

From the founding of the modern Olympics to Nelson Mandela’s embracing of South Africa’s rugby team, sport has been extolled for its potential to build human unity across racial, ethnic, and national lines. At the same time, modern history is replete with gory examples of sport’s contributions to violence and social division. Join us during Super Bowl week as Prof. Jay Carney analyzes how Pope Francis connects sport to the building of a culture of encounter, and how this vision has been embodied in both Chicago and East Africa.   

About the Speaker
J.J. (Jay) Carney is professor of theology and African studies at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the author of multiple books, most recently For God and My Country: Catholic Leadership in Modern Uganda and On the Eighth Day: A Catholic Theology of Sport (co-authored with Matt Hoven and Max Engel). 

Thursday, February 8 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Student Center (Lincoln Park), Rm. 314B
2250 N Sheffield Ave

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International/Cultural Activities, University-wide Events, Reception, Adult Students, Spiritual, Students, Faculty, Staff


Athletics, Centers and Institutes, Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology (CWCIT)


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