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Center for Conflict Studies looks at violence in sports

Posted 03/24/15

The Center for Conflict Studies at Fitchburg State University this spring turns its focus to issues surrounding violence in sports.

On Wednesday, April 8 at 3:30 p.m. there will be a screening and discussion of the film League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis in the Randall Lecture Hall in the science center, 333 North St. The film, aired on PBS’ Frontline series in 2013, looks at the National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut presiding over the national pastime. But the NFL is under assault as thousands of former players and a host of scientists claim the league has tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. Faculty member Joseph Moser (English Studies) will lead the post-film discussion.

On Monday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. in Ellis White Lecture Hall there will be a panel discussion exploring the question of whether football should be banned. Panelists will include Fitchburg State Athletic Director Sue Lauder, Instructor Monica Maldari (Exercise and Sports Science), Assistant Professor G.L. Mazard Wallace (Behavioral Sciences), David Svolba (Humanities) and Kisha Tracy (English Studies).

Admission is free.

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