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World Cup Soccer Scholars

World Cup Soccer Scholars

UC Riverside experts are available to talk about the role of sport in culture, both globally and locally.

(May 28, 2010)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The 2010 World Cup soccer tournament kicks off June 11 in South Africa, the first time the event has been hosted by an African nation. Scholars at the University of California, Riverside who are available to talk about the importance of the World Cup globally and locally, and the role of sport in culture, are:

Jennifer Doyle, associate professor of English
(951) 827-1820
Professor Doyle is the author of the highly regarded “From a Left Wing,” a blog exploring the cultural politics of soccer in the United States and abroad. She makes regular appearances on KPFK radio, and will be providing World Cup commentary for the program "The People's Game," which debuted in May 2010. She hosts a soccer salon for area writers, players, and fans and organizes a men's league in downtown Los Angeles. She has published writing on soccer in the global edition of The New York Times, and her blog was named "Website of the Month" for December 2009 by the UK's When Saturday Comes.

Toby Miller, professor and chair of the Department of Media and Cultural Studies
(951) 827-5665
Professor Miller is known internationally for his research on sport and popular culture. While sport is a source of pleasure, he says, it also draws together dispersed communities and generates economic wealth. “Sport is the most universal feature of popular culture,” he wrote in “Globalization and Sport: Playing the World” (co-authored with Geoffrey Lawrence, Jim McKay, and David Rowe). “It crosses language barriers and slices through national boundaries, attracting both spectators and participants, to a common lingua franca of passions, obsessions and desires.”
"Soccer Conquers the World," Chronicle of Higher Education, May 30, 2010

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