It was slated to be a discussion about athletes and activism. Judging from the men on the stage, it was clear it would be anything but a staid academic discussion.
Outspoken and renowned sociologist, Dr. Harry Edwards joined former NBA players Etan Thomas and Gilbert Arenas, former NFL player, Marcellus Wiley and USC Gould School of Law Professor Jody Armour for a spirited debate about the role of celebrity in civil disobedience, activism, and the role the media plays in all of the above.
"We can disagree with others without being disagreeable."—Sharoni Little, Associate Dean and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer/Professor of Clinical Business Communication
The event, Athletes and Activism: Kaepernick, NBA/China and the Media, took place Friday, November 22 at Bovard Auditorium.
The debate was moderated by Sharoni Little, professor of clinical business communication and Chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the Marshall School of Business.
"Because we live in a diverse and dynamic world, we must know how to engage in civil conversations and foster critical listening, thinking, and communication skills," she told the audience. "Tonight, expect to hear passionate, fact-based debates that exhibit respect and appreciation for opposing viewpoints. This debate will model how each of us can have different perspectives--we can disagree with others without being disagreeable."
Click here to watch a video of the event.