R-MC will host internationally-known corporate and leadership consultant, author
and public policy expert Jon Entine at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2010 in Old
Chapel, Room 212 (the Topping Room). Entine will present “Taboo: Why Black Athletes
Dominate Sports and Why We're Afraid to Talk About It." This event is free and
open to the public.
The event is sponsored by R-MC’s First-Year Experience (FYE) program, the Committee
on Assemblies and Special Events (CASE) and Phi Beta Kappa. The lecture is presented
in conjunction with the FYE course “Measuring Athletic Performance: Biological and
Statistical Views,” taught by R-MC Professors Barry Pfitzner (economics) and Elsa
Falls (biology). The course explores such topics as the effects of genetics, drugs
and environmental factors that influence athleticism and participation in athletics.
It also explores the economic/statistical approach to modeling measurement of many
aspects of sport, including team and individual performance and the determinants
of success in sport.
Entine is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy
Research in Washington, D.C., a columnist for the British-based international magazine
Ethical Corporation and co-founder of E.S.G.Metrics, which advises business
and NGOs on environmental, social and governance issues, including sustainability
and executive leadership.
Entine writes for academic and popular publications around the world and is a frequent
television and radio commentator on business issues, including CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business,
NPR and BBC. He has written and edited five books, most recently No Crime But Prejudice:
Fischer Homes, the Immigration Fiasco, and Extra-judicial Prosecution (TFG
Books, 2009), which focuses on the dangers of over-zealous government prosecutors
and the threat they pose to American civil liberties.
Before launching his consulting and writing career, Entine spent 20 years as a network
television news producer, winning more than 20 awards, including Emmys for specials
on the reform movements in China and the Soviet Union. He has produced news magazine
programs at ABC News and CBS News and he was Tom Brokaw’s long-time producer at
NBC News, where he was also the executive in charge of documentaries.
In 1989, Brokaw and Entine collaborated to write and produce Black Athletes: Fact
and Fiction, named Best International Sports Film of 1989, which led to
Entine’s best-selling book, Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We
are Afraid to Talk About It (Public Affairs, 2000). The book was recently
re-issued. Entine is also the author of Pension Fund Politics: The Dangers of Socially
Responsible Investing (AEI Press, 2005), on the growing influence of social
investing in pension funds, and Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics Is Undermining
the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture (AEI Press, 2006), which examines
the debate over genetic modification (GMOs), food and farming.
In 2007, Entine published Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the
Chosen People (Grand Central Publishing, 2007), which merges genealogy,
genetics and religion to vividly bring to life a new understanding of Western identity
and the shared biblical ancestry of Jews and Christians. It addresses efforts to
identify cures for diseases that disproportionately impact specific populations
and the social and political tempest that a renewed focus on “race” research is
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