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Jon Entine to Present Lecture at R-MC
Jon Entine to Present Lecture at R-MC
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
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 stirring.
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