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Olympic Conference Starts at USC Annenberg

Professionals from around the world gather to discuss the social impacts of the Olympic Games.

Starting Wednesday, USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism will play host to a two-day Olympic conference featuring international professors, past Olympic athletes, and the president of the International Olympic Committee.

USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism will host a two-day Olympic conference. (Photo courtesy ATVN)
USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism will host a two-day Olympic conference. (Photo courtesy ATVN)

All are gathered to discuss the social impacts of the Olympic Games. Specific discussions include: The Olympics and International Diplomacy, Juicing, Exploitation and Nationalism: Ethics and the Games and Stories from the Booth: Broadcasters and the Games, among five others. 

This event is the part of the Sports and Social Change speaker series, presented by USC Annenberg’s Institute of Sports, Media and Society.

Funded by Nike, this series is a biannual event, “in which professionals from the world of sports and sports management are brought together with scholars to discuss important issues of sports and culture,” according to the AISMS website.  

The conference kicks off Wednesday at noon with Perspectives on Communication Strategies of the International Olympic Committee, in Annenberg Room 207.

This discussion, pertaining to “the strategic uses of media by the Olympic Committee and by cities and sponsors of the Olympic Games” will be lead by Françoise Papa, from the Université de Genoble – Stendhal, Emilio Peña, Director of Olympic Studies Center at Autonomous University of Barcelona and USC professor William Morgan, according to Annenberg’s website. RSVP for this event here.

One of the highlights of the series is a panel with the president of the International Olympic Committee, entitled "State of the Games: A Discussion with IOC President Jack Rogge." This event will be held at Town and Gown Wednesday at 7 p.m. To RSVP, click here.

There will be four more discussions Thursday, including a panel with broadcasters from NBC and CBS, and a panel with world record holding athletes to discuss the upcoming summer Olympics in London. To see the entire schedule of events, look here
   

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