Sports, Society, and Technology Program

Georgia Tech, the School of History and Sociology, and the Ivan Allen Georgia Tech have recently launched a new program in Sports, Society, and Technology (SST). This initiative helps faculty and students to study sport in the contexts of historical and contemporary culture. Interdisciplinary studies and innovative teaching in SST will help students become leaders in the sport and health industries, higher education, and in our local and global communities. The program also houses the Sports, Society, and Technology Research Center.   

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SST Spring 2017 Courses

HTS 3075, Foundations of Sports Studies; Professor Matt Ventresca - TTH at 9:35 am
HTS 3089, Science, Technology, & Sports; Professor Matt Ventresca - TTH at 1:35 pm
APPH 2500, Survey of Sports Science; Professor Mindy Millard-Stafford - TTH at 12:05 pm
INTA 3242, Soccer and Global Politics; Professor Kirk Bowman - TTH at 1:35 pm
PubP 4803, Sports Law and Public Policy; Professor Larry Keller - MW at 12:05 pm
MSE 4803, Materials for Sports; Professor Jud Ready - MWF at 10:05am

       Graduate Course:
       HTS 8003, The Politics of Sports; Professor Mary McDonald - W at 5:05 pm


SST in the News

Dr. Johnny Smith Publishes New Book about Muhammad Ali

Dr. Smith, Assistant Professor in the School of History and Sociology, published his latest book in 2016 titled Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X (written with Dr. Randy Roberts). The book examines the complex and pivitol relationship between the famous boxer and the Muslim minister. Professor Smith made several media appearances related to the release of Blood Brothers, including writing an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal, giving an interview with NPR, and having excerpts from the book appear on the websites for New Republic and Slate.

Dr. Kirk Bowman Launches Landmark Film Festival

Dr. Bowman, in collaboration with the organization Rise Up & Care, established the Reimagine Rio film festival in August of 2016. The festival was founded as a showcase for five Brazilian films telling inspiring stories of communties working together to transform the city of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Dr. Bowman, Jon R. Wilcox Term Professor in Soccer and Global Politics in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, was instrumental in providing the vision for the festival, which involved allowing local artistic and cultural communities across Rio to thrive through the production, promotion, and celebration of these films.

Former Georgia Tech Athletic Director Homer Rice Receives 2016 IAC Dean's Appreciation Award

Legendary college football coach, educator, author, and former Georgia Tech Athletic Director, Dr. Homer C. Rice has received the 2016 Ivan Allen College Dean's Appreciation Award. This award not only recognizes Dr. Rice's national accomplishments but also acknowledges his long-time and continuing contributions to the School of History and Sociology, the Sports, Society, and Technology Program, and Georgia Tech.

This video tribute helps to capture some of his important contributions.

Exhibit Marks Anniversary of Historic Holmes v. Atlanta Court Case

In November of 2015, Dr. Mary McDonald and several Georgia Tech graduate students organized an exhibit displayed at the clubhouse of the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the historic court case that facilitated the desegregation of public recreation facilities across the country. The exhibit, funded by the Friends of the Bobby Jones Golf Course, is called "Changing the Game"  and commemorates the efforts of Alfred "Tup" Holmes, an African American golfer who challenged how access to public golf courses in 1950s Atlanta was strictly divided along racial lines. Featuring stories, photographs, and other artifacts documenting Holmes' historic Supreme Court case, the exhibit seeks to draw attention to the role of Atlanta's sport culture in the desegregation movement while preserving the history of the Bobby Jones course.


SST Events

Requiem for a Running Back Screening

Join the Sports, Society, and Technology program and the School of History and Sociology for the screening of "Requiem for a Running Back" (February 13, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Student Center Theatre, Georgia Tech). This film features the story of Lew Carpenter, who suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy as a result of brain injuries sustained during his career as a college and professional football player. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and talk back featuring the film's director Rebecca Carpenter (who is also Lew's daughter), sports injury attorney Von DuBose, as well as our own Matt Ventresca (postdoctoral fellow in the School of History and Sociology). 


ReImagine Rio imagesKirk BowmanPAST EVENT
with Dr. Kirk Bowman 

November 7, 2016

Festival Reimagine Rio: The Intersection of Performance, Innovation, Leadership, Development, and Film 

On November 7, Dr. Kirk Bowman (Jon R. Wilcox Term Professor in Soccer and Global Politics, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs) gave a thought-provoking presentation discussing his exciting work with the non-profit Rise Up & Care and his involvement with the film festival Reimagine Rio that took place in August of this year. The festival was a celebration of five Brazilian films that tell inspiring stories of communties working together to reimagine and transform the city of Rio De Janeiro. Dr. Bowman showed the trailers for each of the five films that were showcased during the festival and explained how these films tell the stories of individuals who are making drastic, positive contributions to communities across Rio. Citing his personal experiences in Rio working with the filmmakers and other community leaders, Dr. Bowman described how each of these films shows how local, small-scale innovation can thrive and work to produce large-scale cultural transformation. One of these films, Bad and the Birdieman (2016), follows Sebastião, a native of the Chacrinha favela in Rio, who founded a badminton league that against all odds grew from its humble beginnings to develop multiple internationally-ranked players. Dr. Bowman also discussed the growth of the Rise Up & Care program to include other countries in South America, as well as the success of his study abroad program. The presentation was followed by an enthusiastic Q&A, in which audience members touched on a diverse issues ranging from film production to global development practices.

This event was presented by the Sports, Society, and Technology Program in collaboration with The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.


Follow the links below to learn more about:

  • the SST Research Center;
  • the SST leadership and participating faculty; and
  • all the recent news about the activities, events, and people associated with SST.