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​February 8

Courtesy of Jay Carney; Bidi-Bidi refugee camp, Uganda, 2019
Can Sport Bridge Social Divisions? Pope Francis, Fanatic Fans, and the Culture of Encounter

From the founding of the modern Olympics to Nelson Mandela’s embracing of South Africa’s rugby team, sport has been extolled for its potential to build human unity across racial, ethnic, and national lines. At the same time, modern history is replete with gory examples of sport’s contributions to violence and social division. Join us during Super Bowl week as Prof. Jay Carney (Creighton University) analyzes how Pope Francis connects sport to the building of a culture of encounter, and how this vision has been embodied in both Chicago and East Africa.   

*Hybrid event; will be livestreamed from our Facebook page

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