FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Sports and Society
Generously Sponsored by Gail and Bill Boyan, Mary and Bob Higgins
and the Roger Dean Stadium.

It has often been said that sports is a microcosm of the world around us. Every day, in newspapers and on television, stories involving sports figures go beyond the lines of the ball field and the ball courts and mirror and reflect our society and our culture, our likes and dislikes, our passions, our prejudices, our strivings and our dreams. Why does it matter to so many that a pro basketball player announces that he is gay? Why does it matter whether Pete Rose deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame? What may be the importance of a feature film on Jackie Robinson, some 55 years after he had played his last big-league game? Who is a sports idol? Lance Armstrong? Tiger Woods? Bob Knight? Where do athletes from Billie Jean King to Tim Tebow to LeBron James stand in that supposed pantheon? Then there is the element of the beauty in sports, the transporting and thrill of sporting achievement, maybe even inspiration — the “unbelievable” move to the hoop, the “amazing” throw from the right-fielder to get a runner out at third, the “incredible” winning return of a backhand tennis shot. Over the next four weeks, these and many related topics will be pursued through informal class discussions and participant questions.

Prominent Sports Figures (subject to change)
  1. Keith Hernandez (Jan. 14)
  2. Brent Musburger (Jan. 28)
  3. Bill Parcells (Feb. 4)
Course # W4T6 — Four Weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Tuesdays — Jan. 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4
  Time:7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
  Fee:$55 / member; $55 / non-member