ETSU to host Sport Literature Association Conference

Cast of "How She Played the Game"

 JOHNSON CITY (June 18) — East Tennessee State University will host the 32nd annual Sport Literature Association Conference June 24-27, at Millennium Centre.

Sessions will feature presentations from various academic disciplines, as well as original fiction and poetry, delivered by participants from across the country and as far away as Canada, France and England.

ETSU’s Division of Theatre and Dance, under the direction of Bobby Funk, will perform “How She Played the Game” by award-winning playwright Cynthia Cooper on Wednesday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. in ETSU’s Bud Frank Theatre. The event is open to the public and although admission is free, donations are welcome to finance graduate students’ travel to conferences.   

Playwright Cooper will be in attendance and will hold a question and answer session after the performance. The play features the lives of acclaimed female athletes, such as multi-talented American athlete Babe Didrikson.

The performance is sponsored by the ETSU Women’s Studies Program, the Department of Literature and Language and the Department of Communication and Performance.

ETSU is partially responsible for publishing the peer-reviewed publication “Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature.” Also, ETSU is the repository of the Lyle Olsen sport literature collection and counts faculty members as founding members of the association, among them Dr. Jack Higgs and Dr. Don Johnson.

For further information, contact Joyce Duncan at or 423-202-0937.

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