February 15-16, 2012

USC Conference on Sports: The Olympics
Various Locations, Various Times

USC Annenberg's Institute of Sports, Media & Society presents a two-day conference examining the impact on society of the Olympic Games.

The conference is part of the Sports & Social Change speaker series, funded by a generous grant from Nike, which brings together professionals and scholars to discuss important issues in sports and the media.

The schedule is as follows:

 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
Selling the Games: Marketers and Executives Discuss the Business of the 1984 Olympic Games
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Annenberg
Auditorium
Panelists:
Chuck Cale, president, The Charles G. and Jessie R. Cale Foundation
Peter Caparis, president of the Caparis Group
David Simon, president of the Los Angeles Sports Council
Maidie Oliveau, counsel in the Los Angeles office of Arent Fox

Moderator: Daniel Durbin, director of USC Annenberg's Institute of Sports, Media & Society
 
 
 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Perspectives on Communication Strategies of the International Olympic Committee
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Annenberg
Room 207
Panelists:
Françoise Papa, Université de Grenoble - Stendhal
Emilio Peña, Autonomous University of Barcelona

Moderator: William Morgan, USC
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The Olympics and International Diplomacy
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Annenberg
Room 207
Panelists:
Susan Brownell, University of Missouri
Nick Cull, director of USC Annenberg's Master of Public Diplomacy degree program

Moderator: Daniel Durbin
 
 
Race, Nationalism, Identity and the Olympics Movement
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Annenberg
Room 207
Panelists:
John Hoberman, University of Texas at Austin
William Morgan

Moderator: Taj Frazier, USC Annenberg
 
 
The State of the Games: A Discussion with IOC President Jacques Rogge
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
USC Town &
Gown
Jacques Rogge, president, International Olympic Committee

Moderated by Alan Abrahamson, USC Annenberg
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 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Nationalism and the Games: Perspectives on National Identity and the Olympics
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Annenberg
Room 331
Panelists:
Robert Edelman, University of California at San Diego
Yann Descamps, University of Pariss, Sorbonne Nouvelle

Moderator: Daniel Durbin
 
 
Juicing, Exploitation and Nationalism: Ethics and the Games
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Annenberg
Room 204
Panelists:
Susan Brownell, Robert Edelman, John Hoberman, Françoise Papa and Emilio Peña

Moderator: William Morgan
 
 
Stories from the Booth: Broadcasters and the Games
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Annenberg
Auditorium
Panelists:
Jim Lampley, NBC Olympics broadcaster
Jim Nantz, CBS sportscaster
David Neal, Former executive producer, NBC Olympics

Moderator: Jeff Fellenzer, USC Annenberg adjunct journalism instructor
 
 
The Road to London: Olympic Athletes Discuss the Games
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Annenberg
Auditorium

Panelists:
Lashinda Demus, 400 meter hurdles world champion
Allyson Felix, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, Track & Field
Jessica Hardy, 50 & 100 meter breaststroke world-record holder
Ous Mellouli (B.S. Computer Science '06), 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, swimming
Rebecca Soni 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, 200 meter breaststroke

Moderators:
Alan Abrahamson
Donna Heinel, USC Athletics senior women's administrator




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