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Dr. Julia Chase-Brand to Give Keynote at Sport and Society Conference

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From St. Norbert College, May 5, 2014
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

Dr. Julia Chase-Brand, the first true American road racer, will be a keynote speaker at the academic conference "A Mirror of Our Culture: Sport and Society in America." This national conference will be hosted by St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers, May 19-21, 2014, and will focus on women in sports. Chase-Brand will speak on Wednesday, May 21, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Lambeau Field. Her talk is for conference attendees and media only.

In 1961, Julia Chase-Brand challenged the Amateur Athletic Union's (AAU) ban on women's distance running by being one of three women to run in the famed Manchester, (Conn.), Road Race. At the time, women were not allowed to run with men in these races. After trying out for the 1964 U.S. Olympic Team, she received her doctorate and taught at Barnard College and Rutgers University. Chase-Brand also did research, showing how bats navigate with vision as well as sonar. In 1996, at age 53, a grandmother of two, she became the oldest person to receive a medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in the Bronx. In 2011, at age 69, Chase-Brand returned to run Manchester on the 50th anniversary.

The Sport and Society conference is the third of its kind put on by St. Norbert and the Packers; the first was held in 2010. This partnership between an NFL team and an institution of higher education brings together academics and business professionals from around the country.

The Packers have held their summer training camp at St. Norbert College for 56 years, the longest such relationship between a pro football team and a college in the NFL. For more on the connections between St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers, go to

The conference fee of $195 includes access to all keynote speeches and concurrent sessions, the conference dinner, luncheons at Lambeau Field and St. Norbert College, and several coffee breaks daily. Conference attendees will also be provided a guided tour of Lambeau Field, admission to the traveling exhibit "Linedrives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women's Baseball" and screenings of sports-related films.

For more information on the conference, go to, or contact Karen Cleereman, conference administrative coordinator, at or 920-403-3777.

The Center for Ethical Youth Coaching and the International Sports Professionals Association are sponsors of the 2014 Sport and Society conference.

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