CONTACT: JANE HOSHI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0017; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 28, 1999
Chinese basketball is focus of Polumbaum's 'Saturday
Scholars' program Oct. 2
IOWA CITY, Iowa International athletic competitions
turn us all into sports fans, rooting for our nation's "home team." But how
do athletic games become recognized and accepted as competitive international
sports? Judy Polumbaum, associate professor of journalism and mass communication,
will explore the roots of basketball in China during Saturday Scholars program,
"From YMCA to NBA: The Western stamp on Chinese sports" Oct. 2 at 10 a.m.,
Rm. 40 Schaeffer Hall.
"China has a long tradition of indigenous sports as
well as a long history of adapting Western games and athletic activities.
YMCA emissaries introduced basketball to China as part of their Christian
brotherhood mission in the late 19th century. Now, 100 years later, the National
Basketball Association is making great promotional and commercial inroads,"
This presentation will discuss some of the longstanding
ties between the U.S. and Chinese societies and their bearing on Sino-US relations,
global competition and cooperation, and cross-cultural understanding.
Polumbaum has taught at UI's School of Journalism
and Mass Communication for 10 years and does research on mass media in mainland
China. She has a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies from McGill University
in Montreal, Canada; a master's from Columbia University's Graduate School
of Journalism in New York City; and a doctorate in communication from Stanford
"Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind" is sponsored
by the College of Liberal Arts and is free and open to the public. Individuals
with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored
events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation
in order to participate in this program, please contact the College of Liberal
Arts in advance at 335-2611.
Future programs include:
Oct. 9 -- "Eve Drewelowe: An Iowa Collection,"
Joni Kinsey, associate professor of art and art history
Oct. 16 -- "The Return of Little Big Man", Brooks
Landon, professor of English
Oct. 23 -- "Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Lighting
Design," Bryon Winn, assistant professor of theatre arts (presented at
E.C. Mabie Theatre)