Community and Scholars Series: WRITING SOCCER
The Regulator invites you to a lively panel discussion about “Writing Soccer.” Our guests include the authors and scholars Joshua Nadel (Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America); Laurent Dubois (The Language of the Game: Understanding Soccer); Brenda J. Elsey (Futbolera); and Grant Farred (Entre Nous: Between the World Cup and Me). This event is co-sponsored by Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Public. Free and open to the public.
Grant Farred, a native of South Africa, is a professor of Africana Studies and English at Cornell University. He has previously taught at Williams College, the University of Michigan, and Duke University. He has written several books and served for eight years as editor of South Atlantic Quarterly and is a leading figure in contemporary African-American Studies, Cultural Studies, and Postcolonial Studies. His newest book, Entre nous: Between the World Cup and Me (Duke University Press, 2019), completes a trilogy of works on sport and the philosophy of the event. The other two works are The Burden of Over-representation: Race, Sport and Philosophy and In Motion, At Rest: The Event of the Athletic Body. Among his other publications are the pamphlet "Martin Heidegger Saved My Life" and his monograph What’s My Name? Black Vernacular Intellectuals.
Joshua Nadel is Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean history and Associate Director of the Global Studies Program at North Carolina Central University. His research focuses on sport and food. He teaches classes on Latin American social and cultural history, sport history, and on human rights and humanitarian aid. His publications include two books: Futbolera: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin American Sports History (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2019; co-authored with Brenda Elsey) and Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America. Nadel has also published on the intersection of soccer, politics, and society in Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Remezcla, and Vice Sports.
Laurent Dubois is a specialist on the history and culture of the Atlantic world, with a focus on the Caribbean and particularly Haiti. He is the faculty director of the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke, and he writes for magazines including New Republic, Sports Illustrated, and the New Yorker. Dubois is a prize-winning author of several books including The Banjo; Haiti; Soccer Empire; andThe Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer. He lives in Durham.
Brenda J. Elsey studies the history of popular culture and politics in 20th-century Latin America, in addition to gender, social theory, and Pan-Americanism. She is a senior editor for Oxford University Press’ Research Essays in Latin American History: Southern Cone. She is co-author of Futbolera: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin American Sport and author of Citizens and Sportsmen: Fútbol and Politics in Twentieth Century Chile. Elsy has been the co-director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at Hofstra since 2008 and directed the Women’s Studies program from 2009 to 2013. She has written on sport and social justice for popular publications including The New Republic, The Allrounder, and Sport's Illustrated.