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Social Science and Humanities Symposium

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Beyond the Game: Sports in Culture and Society

The 16th annual College of Southern Idaho Social Science and Humanities Symposium, titled “Beyond the Game: Sports in Culture and Society,” offers a deep dive into the multifaceted world of sports. This engaging event unites scholars, industry professionals, and sports enthusiasts to explore the intersection of sports with culture and society, and to examine its historical evolution and future directions.

Day One – Academic Exploration of Sports and Society:
The symposium kicks off with a focus on how sports have been intertwined with societal development. Esteemed speakers, including Dr. Eric Martin from Boise State and Jason Winfree from the University of Idaho, will provide insights into the roles of athletes as activists and the economic aspects of sports.

Day Two – Modern Sports Industry and Future Outlook:
The second day shifts to contemporary sports within the industry, examining current trends and forecasting future developments, such as the emergence of e-sports. Highlights include a session on Title IX by Dr. Caroline Heldman and insights from sports journalist Brittany Cooper. Dr. Michael Konrad’s talk on “The Future of Sports” will explore emerging trends and technologies.

Registration & Details

Register for the 2024 Symposium

Date: March 14 - 15, 2024

Cost: $75  Lunch and light breakfast is provided

Location: Herrett Center's Rick Allen Room, 315 Falls Ave , Twin Falls, ID 83301

To earn professional development credit – Please register separately with the College of Southern Idaho for Socy 199A.

About the Symposium

The CSI Social Science and Humanities Symposium is a 2-day annual conference exploring a theme relevant to history and modern society.  The Symposium has an agenda highlighting experts in the field including professors from Idaho universities sharing a diverse prospective on the theme of the Symposium.

Who should attend the Symposium? 

  • Educators seeking professional development credit 
  • CSI students seeking academic credit 
  • CSI students wanting to expand their knowledge without seeking academic credit 
  • General pubic interested in expanding their knowledge through a multiple perspective approach 

See the topics and speakers from past years