Rita Liberti

Rita Liberti

CSUEB kinesiology professor on the Olympics and social issues Aug 4

  • July 31, 2012 5:00am

Cal State East Bay Kinesiology Professor Rita Liberti will present "The Olympic Games: Politics at Play” at the Castro Valley Library Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m. This free event is sponsored by the Hayward Area Historical Society.

Over the course of modern Olympic history there are countless connections between the Games and social issues. Liberti will explore those intersections, looking specifically at the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. The fight for racial equality may be best illustrated by the actions of two local athletes, San Jose State’s John Carlos and Tommie Smith. Their raised black glove salute on the medal stand, in protest of racial injustice, at the 1968 Games drew praise from some and severe condemnation from others.

The library is located at 3600 Norbridge Ave, Castro Valley. For more information call the Hayward Area Historical Society at (510) 581-0223.


California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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