UNI professor to lecture on ''The Rituals of Sport: Enacting and Consuming Sports in Today's Society''

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Paul Turman, assistant professor of communication, (319) 273-2593
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Paul Turman, University of Northern Iowa assistant professor of communication, will present a lecture titled 'The Rituals of Sport: Enacting and Consuming Sports in Today's Society' at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 28, in the Communication Arts Center, Room 108.

Turman will discuss how spectators, coaches, athletes and referees interact during live and mediated sporting events. He will focus on sport spectator rituals, such as fan behavior and media representation, and draw on his research in communication to discuss how members in the sports community enact and consume sports.

Turman also will formally be awarded the University Book and Supply (UBS) Non-Tenured Teaching Award. The award recognizes outstanding teaching skills and contributions to their profession by faculty who have not yet been awarded tenure, and includes a $1,000 cash gift, administered through the UNI Foundation.

A reception will follow the lecture.

The event is free and open to the public, and is presented by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.