Call for Proposals: Hometown Teams Speakers Bureau

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Deadline: 5:00 PM, Friday, June 6, 2014
Click here for the RFP

In January 2015, KHC will launch Hometown Teams, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition about sports and community. To complement the exhibition, KHC is seeking  Speakers Bureau scholars for statewide presentations that engage the humanities in sports in a meaningful way.

Hometown Teams explores the ways that sports build and unite communities. This is an open call for all sports topics with a strong humanities theme. Some topics of special interest include — but are not limited to — the following (we are open to new ideas):

Title IX and its impact on women athletes and society

The culture of community sporting events, including, but not limited to, food, traditions, and celebrations

Sports history and its impact on the broader culture

History of segregation and integration of sports teams

History and controversies surrounding sports mascots

Important people in sports and their influence on society

The economy of sports

Architecture and sports

Sports in literature, poetry, theater, and film

Sports ethics, or the negative aspects of an overemphasis on sports in culture

Alternative sports or sports from a bygone era

For more information, click here to view the RFP or contact Leslie Von Holten, program officer, at leslie(at)kansashumanities.org.