On May 24, 2023, Humanities Texas will host a conversation with Frank Andre Guridy titled "The Texas Sports Revolution: How the Lone Star State Changed the Culture of American Athletics." Guridy is an award-winning historian and professor of history and African American studies at Columbia University. Moderated by Aram Goudsouzian, professor of history at the University of Memphis, the conversation will explore how Texas-based sports entrepreneurs and athletes transformed American sporting culture during the 1960s and 1970s. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
7:00–8:15 p.m. CT
This live, virtual event is free and open to the public. Please register online to attend. You will receive a Zoom link via email prior to the virtual event.
Frank Andre Guridy is the Dr. Kenneth and Kareitha Forde Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies. He is also professor of history and the executive director of the Eric H. Holder Initiative for Civil and Political Rights at Columbia. He is an award-winning historian whose recent research has focused on sport history, urban history, and the history of American social movements. His latest book, The Sports Revolution: How Texas Changed the Culture of American Athletics (University of Texas Press, 2021) explored how Texas-based sports entrepreneurs and athletes from marginalized backgrounds transformed American sporting culture during the 1960s and 1970s, the highpoint of the Black Freedom and Second-Wave feminist movements.
Aram Goudsouzian is the Bizot Family Professor of History at the University of Memphis, where he teaches courses on the civil rights movement, the modern United States, and the history of American sports, as well as survey courses on African American history and the United States since 1877. He has served as department chair and as the director of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities. Along with Jaime Schultz, he is the editor of the Sport and Society series published by the University of Illinois Press.