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Smart Talk: The Lost Haven of Sharon Taylor; Ali -- a pioneering activist

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 9, 2016 3:45 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, June 9, 2016:

The battles of equality, not only for all races, but between classes and sexes as well, is currently being fought and discussed on the national stage as November's general election creeps closer day by day. However, these debates are not only talking points. They are actual conflicts between people in local settings, even here in Central PA.

Much controversy surrounded whether there was inequality between women and men's sports teams at Lock Haven University from 2004 to 2012. The argument was directed at then Athletic Director, Sharon Taylor.  Several trustees accused Taylor of favoring the university's women's teams over its men's.  Taylor was confronted with several lawsuits citing Title IX inequality. In 2012, she was reassigned from her position as Athletic Director after 23 years in the role.  Taylor also won seven national championships coaching the Lock Haven field hockey and lacrosse teams.

Joining us Thursday to discuss his new book, The Lost Haven of Sharon Taylor, is C. Terry Walters and Sharon Taylor herself. Walters' book focuses on the controversy at the end of Taylor's tenure as Athletic Director. He provides context in the form of Taylor's own perspective as well as helping explain the significance of Title IX.

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Sharon Taylor and author C. Terry Walters

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who died last week, was the first African-American athlete to speak out about race and religion in America.  Joining us on Thursday's program discussing Ali and the history of activism by black athletes is Gregory Kaliss, a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Dickinson College. Kaliss discusses the significance of Ali and others' contributions to this movement in his recent book, Men's College Athletics and the Politics and Racial Equality: Five Pioneer Stories of Black Manliness, White Citizenship and American Democracy.

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Gregory Kaliss joins us in the studio.

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