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Major conference on sport and society in America hits a home run in its second outing

Sport and Society
Sportswriter Cliff Christl (left) moderates a panel discussion on the rise of the Green Bay Packers. Joining the conversation, Packers chairman emeritus Bob Harlan (center) and former general manager Ron Wolf.
Kevin Quinn (Economics) knows it could be challenging to top this year’s edition of “A Mirror of Our Culture: Sport & Society in America.” That’s because, in only its second offing, the conference hit a level of content that exceeded Quinn’s most ambitious original goals. Riding a speaker slate of giants of the sporting world, including Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and ESPN executive chairman George Bodenheimer, the three-day event provided the ideal setting for attendees to network and share their expertise.
Bud Selig
Giving the opening address, commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig talks about the state of baseball in the 21st century.

“Part of the charm of the event is the intimacy it has,” Quinn says. “The attendance was right where we wanted – 127 registrants and about 200 people overall. They were able to get to know each other a little bit, and we’re really happy with the way it came off.”

Wayne Larrivee, play-by-play announcer on the Green Bay Packers Radio Network, kicked off the conference with the presentation “What the Packers Mean to Green Bay and Wisconsin.” The broadcast veteran also served as emcee for the conference, and later he moderated a panel discussion entitled “Life After Pro Football: Perspectives and Transition,” featuring former players Ahman Green and Bryce Paup.

Sportswriter and author Cliff Christl moderated a panel discussion featuring Packers former general manager Ron Wolf and chairman emeritus Bob Harlan. The two men joined Christl in “Resurrecting a Downtrodden Team: The Green Bay Packers from Post-Lombardi Famine to Model NFL Franchise.”

Breakout sessions featured experts from around the world, and the conference concluded with a presentation by Marti Wronski ’94, vice president and general counsel for the Milwaukee Brewers.

“We could build a conference around any one of these speakers, and we were fortunate enough to get all of them,” Quinn says. “It’s a tribute to the people associated with St. Norbert College. These speakers knew someone here, and alumni can be proud that their alma mater has connections to people as high up as you can get in this industry.”

Key presentations from the conference are posted on the college’s YouTube channel.

July 8, 2012

Summer 2012 magazine

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Look here for web-exclusive content that expands on topics presented in the current St. Norbert College Magazine.

VideoA diverse community speaks
Stephaine Villanova ’15 challenges her subjects to debunk stereotypes and celebrate their own individuality.

VideoCommencement 2012
Student speaker Joanna Holzhaeuser addresses her classmates.

GalleryA day to celebrate
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VideoA legend lived here
The Rev. Rowland De Peaux ’48 remembers Vince Lombardi’s arrival on campus.

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Visiting scholar Pablo Lucio Paredes talks with Kevin Quinn (Economics).

AudioLovely to listen to
Enjoy “August Moonrise,” a piece by resident composer Blake Henson (Music).

GalleryOne campus, one
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VideoThe remaking of a masterpiece
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in photography.

VideoNational champions
Emily Schudrowitz ’12 and Justin Johnson ’15 talk about their national titles.

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