Mascot Nation: The Controversy Over Native American Mascots in Sports

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Time: 06:30 PM
Location: 104-B Reese Phifer Hall

Categories: College of Communication & Information Sciences, Lectures and Speakers

The College of Communication and Information Sciences and Alabama Program in Sports Communication present Drs. Andy Billings and Jason Black in a discussion of their new book, Mascot Nation, which examines many of the overlooked questions in the ongoing debate over Native American mascots.   Which voices get a hearing in an argument? What meanings do we ascribe to mascots? Who do these Indians and warriors really represent?  Billings, Executive Director of the Alabama Program in Sports Communication and Ronald Reagan Chair of Broadcasting in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media and Black, Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte,  go beyond the media bluster to re-assess the mascot controversy. Their multi-dimensional study delves into the textual, visual, and ritualistic and performative aspects of sports mascots. This event is part of the University's celebration of Native American Heritage Month. 

Contact Info: George Daniels, gdaniels@ua.edu, 205-348-8618

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