September 13 The State of Intercollegiate Sport Dr. Myles Brand

Dr. Brand is president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). He is an innovative leader and champion of promoting academics as a true part of the collegiate sports experience. He has also served as president of Indiana University and the University of Oregon.

September 20 Race and Sport Len Elmore

Mr. Elmore is an attorney, television commentator, and former All-American and NBA basketball player. He is one of America’s most thoughtful commentators on the issue of sport and race. As part of this event, the Institute will also honor Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity for the organization’s work mentoring young people of color throughout the United States. Sponsored by the URI Multicultural Center.

September 27 Performance Enhancing Drugs Richard Pound

Mr. Pound is a member of the International Olympic Committee, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, and chancellor of McGill University. He was recently named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

October 4 Sport: The Hype and the Hoopla Frank Deford

Mr. Deford is widely acknowledged as the foremost sports journalist and author in America. He writes for Sports Illustrated, is a contributor to NPR and HBO Sports, and has published a number of acclaimed novels and short stories.

October 11 Coaching Greatness Jim Calhoun

Mr. Calhoun is the head coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of Connecticut, where his teams have won two national championships. Mr. Calhoun will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September.

October 18 Cousy: The Making Of A Great Book Bob Cousy & Bill Reynolds

Legendary Boston Celtics point guard, Bob Cousy, and Providence Journal writer, Bill Reynolds, recently collaborated on the book Cousy. Mr. Cousy and Mr. Reynolds will discuss the making of Cousy. Their book has received much acclaim and positive reviews in the New York Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, and many other publications. Sponsored by the Providence Journal.

October 25 Sports Parenting Panel Discussion Rick Wolff & Panelists

Mr. Wolff is chairman of the Institute for International Sport’s Center for Sports Parenting, and is widely acclaimed as the foremost sports parenting expert in America. He will lead a panel discussion that will include several well-known Rhode Islanders, as well as former NBA star, 7'6" Manute Bol—now the parent of a five-year-old who is starting out in youth sports.

November 1 A View of Contemporary Sport Anita DeFrantz

Ms. DeFrantz is a member of the International Olympic Committee, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors, and a former commencement speaker at URI. She is judged by most to be the world’s most influential woman in sport. She will address a variety of topics including issues related to women and sport.

November 8 Title IX and Intercollegiate Sport Senator Birch Bayh & Panelists

It was Senator Bayh who introduced the landmark 1972 Title IX legislation. He is considered by many to be one of the most important figures of the last century in sport.  Senator Bayh will be joined by a distinguished group of panelists who will address Title IX and contemporary intercollegiate sport.

November 15 Sports Protest Martha Burk & Dr. Richard Lapchick

Ms. Burk is co-founder and president of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy. She is widely known for her efforts to open the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Golf Tournament to women. Dr. Richard Lapchick is a human rights activist, sports expert, scholar, and author. He is credited as the single most influential person in the movement to use sport as a means of protest against apartheid in South Africa.

November 29 The Importance of Fitness Melissa Johnson & Dr. Robert Butler

Ms. Johnson is executive director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Dr. Butler is a Pulitzer­ Prize-winning author who has written extensively on the impact of exercise on aging.


Divertissement I October 28, 8 p.m. Exhibit and Artist Appearance

Adolphe Coulibaly will be available to answer questions about his drawings of the 25 most influential figures in American sports history.

At the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame

Divertissement II November 18, 8 p.m. Theatre Production

Nobody Don’t Like Yogi. Providence actor Barry Press will portray Yogi Berra in this one-man play. Sponsored by the URI College of Arts & Sciences.

At the Memorial Union Ballroom

Divertissement III Spring 2006 Exhibit and Artist Appearance

Neil Leifer, sports photojournalist

At the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame