Behind the Medals: Olympics panel livestream

2:00PM to 2:30PM February 7, 2014
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It’s time for a different take on the Olympics. Join our panel Behind the Medals: Politics and Values at the Olympics for a half-hour livestream discussion about the Sochi Olympics.

Institute for Values-Based Leadership director Marilyn Taylor will moderate the first of three livestream talks over the course of the Games. Talking points for Friday’s livestream include: what values allow athletes to reach their pinnacle, how is a national team branded to the public, and the politics of international competition.

Panelists include:

  • School of Communication and Culture director Jennifer Walinga, member of Canada’s Commonwealth, World and Olympic gold medalist rowing teams (1983-1992);
  • Media and sports expert Michael Real, who managed a project for UNESCO that resulted in a book-length report Global Ritual: Olympic Media Coverage and International Understanding;
  • School of Leadership Studies and Office of Interdisciplinary Studies adjunct professor Deanna Binder, an education consultant for the International Olympic Committee and author of its Olympic values global education program.

Ongoing coverage, including blog posts and commentary, of the Sochi Olympics will be posted in Crossroads as the Games unfold. Stay tuned for details about two further livestream events, which will be available to attend in person.

In the meantime, send questions for our Olympic panel to

Let the Games begin!

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