Basketball and American Culture: A Special Symposium featuring Bill Bradley

By Stark Staff
November 30, 2012

NBA Hall of Fame member and former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley said it best.  “[Basketball] is the gift that never stops giving.  The game is full of great joy and great memory.  It needs to be celebrated.”

As part of the campus-wide celebration, “The Naismith Rules of Basket Ball”, Bradley spoke at the November 29th Basketball and American Culture: A Special Symposium, presented by the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center.  Bradley, who was educated at Princeton, was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, in addition to his storied basketball career including a 1964 Olympic Gold Medal and two NBA championships with the New York Knicks, spoke about the values of the game of basketball and how it affected him personally.

The event featured additional speakers Dr. Dan Nathan, Dr. Reuben A. Buford May and Professor Madeleine Blais, who each have an impressive background in sport history and have produced celebrated works in the field.

Notable attendees include Edith Royal, Jody Conradt, Suzanne Booth, Karen Aston, Ross Ohlendorf, and Mark Henry.

Naismith’s “Original Rules of Basket Ball” will be on display at the Blanton Museaum of Art until January 13, 2013.

To read more about the event, click here.

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Senator Bradley and Terry Todd listen to Ross Ohlendorf Senator Bradley with Suzanne Booth and Ross Ohlendorf The Longhorn Network was on site for the event
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Jody Conradt introduces Senator Bill Bradley Senator Bill Bradley addresses the crowd The Alumni Center Ballroom was full for the event
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Terry Todd, Reuben May, Suzanne Booth, Bill Bradley, Madeleine Blais, Dan Nathan, Jan Todd, Jody Conradt Mark Henry, Bill Bradley and Jody Conradt Bill Bradley with Karen Aston
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Bill Bradley with Edith Royal Dr. Dan Nathan addresses the audience Dr. Reuben A. Buford May talks about his book
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Professor Madeleine Blais Dr. May answers an audience member’s question

Basketball great Bill Bradley to speak at UT ( preview)

By Digital Archivist
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Stark Institute for Olympic Studies Hosts 1968 U.S. Olympic Team Reunion

By Stark Staff
November 2, 2012

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On Saturday, October 27th, more than 40 Olympians who represented the United States in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, along with spouses, friends and family members, arrived in Austin for a special reunion weekend.

The reunion was organized by the Stark Center’s Dr. Thomas Hunt, the 1968 US Olympic Team’s reunion coordinator, Tom Lough (1968 Modern Pentathlon) with assistance from Desiree Harguess, and Cindy Slater.   It was a two day affair and included an extensive program at the Stark Center on Saturday followed by a BBQ lunch.

The highlight of the presentation to the Olympians on Saturday was the discussion by Dr. Hunt of the 1968 Olympic Team Oral History Project on which Dr. Hunt and a group of graduate students have been working  for the past several years.  Dr. Hunt and his students have now interviewed more than 70 Olympians, and their interviews are gradually being added to the on-line digital archives of the Stark Center.  To learn more about the 1968 Oral History project, click here.

Olympians gathering and looking at the gallery

1968 Olympians, friends and family gather at the Stark Center on Saturday, October 27th, 2012


Madeline Manning Mims

Madeline Manning Mims, who won gold in track and field (800m) at the 1968 Olympic Games, enjoys refreshments before the program begins.


Dr. Hunt addressing the crowd

Dr. Thomas Hunt addresses the crowd on Saturday.


Lance Wyman

Lance Wyman, the graphic designer of the logos for the 1968 Olympic Games, addresses the crowd on Saturday, October 27th, 2012


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There was a great turnout for the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team Reunion


Gary Hall

Gary Hall, silver medalist in swimming (400IM) at the 1968 Olympic Games, speaks at the Stark Center on Saturday, October 27th, 2012.