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Sport and the #MeToo Movement

APRIL 18, 2018

The Center for Sport & Social Justice at California State University, East Bay presents:
Sport and the #MeToo Movement: A conversation with author and investigative journalist Jessica Luther and WNBA AllStar and social advocate Layshia Clarendon, facilitated by progressive journalist and local radio host Rose Aguilar 1. 3:30-6:00 p.m. Program resource display: Lawn outside VBT 124 a. Books and podcasts from panelists and resources for those who have suffered sexual abuse will be highlighted. We will have student health services information available, as well as possible community and/or legal resources.

2. 4:15-5:45 p.m. Program - Conversation facilitated by Rose Aguilar: VBT 124 a. ~60 minutes for the three panelists to address their insights on the politics and culture of sports and how that impacts gender identity, gender relations, and the safety of athletes. Perhaps sharing ideas about how to address and reduce sexual violence in athletic settings. b. ~ 30 minutes slotted for Questions from the audience. Options for posing questions verbally, written and via text message.

3. 6-7 p.m. Invited Fundraiser post-event: Biella Room a. A meet and greet with friends and supporters of the CSSJ. Hosted on campus, this private fundraiser will have light snacks and drinks and provide invited attendees an opportunity to meet and talk with the panelists.

Sport and the #MeToo Movement:

Selected #9 overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft, Layshia Clarendon is a floor general, scorer and lock-down defender. She’s a poised leader on the floor with an unshakeable presence. Currently the starting point guard for the Atlanta Dream, Layshia was named a WNBA All Star, lead the league in total assists for the 2017 season and was named to the US National Team Pool. Prior to Atlanta, Lay was a solid contributor to the Indiana Fever as they competed in the 2015 WNBA finals before moving to the Dream’s roster. Layshia was Cal’s leading scorer while in college where she led the Golden Bears to the first Final Four in school history. During her senior season Clarendon was an All-Pac-12 first team selection and the Pac-12 women’s basketball ScholarAthlete of the Year, boasting a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the #1 public university in the world. Clarendon is a noted social advocate, speaker and writer, who is often asked to lend her voice and opinions on various social topics. She has been published in The Player’s Tribune, Mic, Esquire and ESPN. In the off-season, she provides color commentary for the Pac-12 Network.

Jessica Luther is a freelance journalist and writer who mainly covers sports and culture. She has written extensively on the intersection of sports and violence off the field, especially college football and sexual assault, and published the book Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape in 2016. Luther was the recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Media Award given annually by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault to individuals who work tirelessly behind the scenes in the fight to eliminate sexual violence in Texas. In 2016, Luther was selected by espnW as an IMPACT25 honoree alongside women such as Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, and Hillary Clinton. Describing Luther’s influence, Kavitha Davidson wrote: “Her work has directly served fans, students, players, coaches, university administrators, law enforcement officials and fellow journalists by putting all of us on notice for the myriad hypocrisies and injustices to which we contribute in big-time, big-money sports, particularly when it comes to sexual violence.”

Rose Aguilar has been the host of San Francisco public-radio station KALW’s “Your Call” since 2006. This show was awarded the Most Valuable Local Radio Show by The Nation. The Nation noted how Rose was deserving of this award: “Rose Aguilar hosts one of the finest hours of political and cultural discussion in the country. An accomplished journalist and author, Aguilar comes prepared with probing questions and deep analysis.” Rose has written for Al Jazeera English, Truthout, The Nation, and AlterNet. She's currently working on a book about older women activists and a new radio show focusing on investigative journalism. She is a member of the Native American Journalists Association and mentor-editor for The OpEd Project, an organization that works to increase the range of voices we hear in the media.

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