What role does Sport play in your life?

The Olympics are coming to Vancouver… and whether you’re excited about the Games or not, there are going to be lots and lots of great events that you can attend. For example, the Sport and Society speaker series at the Chan on campus looks really interesting. The first speaker is Dick Pound, an outspoken high level anti-doping official who has publicly accused sportsmen like Lance Armstrong and pretty much all the NHL players of doping.

There will also be a chance to hear Stephen Lewis, one of the most eloquent and passionate speakers around. Stephen Lewis will be talking with folks from the Right to Play organization, a really cool international humanitarian and development organization that uses Sport to drive social change in communities. [As a bit of trivia, Clara Hughes, Team Canada for the flag bearer at the 2010 Games, is an athlete ambassador for the Right to Play – and she offers this perspective on what Right to Play means to her.]

See below for the full details. Tickets are $10 and you should also check out this facebook contest, where you can win tickets!

UBC presents Sport and Society, a provocative series of five dialogues takes place at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in February and March 2010.

Sport and Society presents Olympic and Paralympic athletes who have used theircelebrity to make a difference in the world. Together with panels of activists and champions, these dialogues explore the key questions related to Sport andthe Olympic Games.

Keynote speakers include:

– Feb. 8 at 8 pm: Richard Pound, former Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency

– Feb. 12 at 11 am: Johann Olav Koss, CEO of Right to Play and former Olympic speed skater, and Stephen Lewis, Chair of the Board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and former United Nations’ special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa

– March 5 at 8 pm: Waneek Horn Miller, former Olympic water polo athlete

– March 10 at 8 pm: Rick Hansen, and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation which supports spinal chord research

– March 13 at 8 pm: Bruce Kidd, former Olympic track and field athlete, Dean of Physical Education at the University of Toronto and Derek Wyatt of the London2012 Olympic Committee

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.ca or you can enter the free ticket draw by searching for UBC Olympic Sport and Society on Facebook.

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Joanne often gets really excited when she talks about Science. Luckily, she works in the Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory, the educational arm of the Michael Smith Labs. She likes all kinds of science but has a special spot in her heart for biology, technology, and well, sports. As a scientist and educator at UBC, she hopes that she never becomes so specialized that she loses her global perspective. (When she gets around to writing an intro post, I'm sure that she'll link to it here).