March 12, 2014
Katie Gauthier Donnelly

'Marching Toward Madness'

As Saint Louis University prepares for March Madness, the Center for Global Citizenship will host a three-day prelude to the start of the NCAA basketball tournament. The events will explore the impact of basketball and sports on American culture and the history and global reach of the game. The featured event, a screening of the newly released film Jayhawkers, chronicles Wilt Chamberlain's impact on sports and American society.

The schedule of 'Marching Toward Madness' is as follows:

Global Perspectives on Basketball, a brown-bag panel discussion, will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday, March 17, in seminar room 124 of the Center for Global Citizenship. The panel will feature Diana Carlin, associate vice president of Graduate Education and International Initiatives; Bryan Sokol, director of the Center for Service and Community Engagement; Stefan Bradley, associate professor of African-American studies; Greg Beabout, associate professor of philosophy; Kristin Folkl Kaburakis, executive coordinator and consulting liaison at NOMOS LLC; and Tassos Kaburakis, assistant professor of management and sport business.

"Basketball and Intercultural Understanding: College Athletes' Perspectives on the Global Game," will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in seminar room 124 of the Center for Global Citizenship. The pre-recorded brown bag session will featur Billiken men's basketball players Rob Loe, who is from New Zealand; Reggie Agbeko, who is from Ghana; Grandy Glaze, who is from Canada; and Jake Barnett, who is from Wauwatosa, Wis., and who has participated in international summer leagues in Bulgaria, China and Jamaica. Danny Brown and Marcus Wilson, members of the coaching staff, will also participate.

A screening of the movie Jawhawkers will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in the C.S. Huh Auditorium in the Center for Global Citizenship. Jayhawkers is an independent biopic about Wilt Chamberlain's recruitment to KU. The film reveals how a small group of unlikely allies in 1950s Kansas modernized college sports and changed a community, serving as a parallel to the Civil Rights movement that would transform an entire American society. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Mission and Ministry, the Division of Student Development, the Center for Service and Community Engagement, the Student Involvement Center, the Cross Cultural Center and the Center for Global Citizenship. The film will be followed by moderated discussion with filmmaker Kevin Willmott.

Lastly, March Madness watch parties will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 20, and Friday, March 21 in the C.S. Huh Auditorium.

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