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November 17, 2011

‘Shining Light on the Dark Side of Sports’

Peg Brand, wife of late NCAA President Myles Brand, to speak at UO Law School

With the pulse of the nation currently fixated on the ills of the intercollegiate athletic system, the University of Oregon School of Law seeks to lend some insight into these tough issues by welcoming Peg Brand to discuss strategies that deal with disruptive public sports conflict.

Her presentation will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in Knight Law Center 110, 1515 Agate St. in Eugene.

Brand is the wife of the late Myles Brand, former president of the University of Oregon, Indiana University and the NCAA. She currently serves as a courtesy associate professor at the UO School of Law and the Robert D. Clark Honors College. She also serves as an associate professor of philosophy and women’s studies at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Brand taught philosophy from 1989-1994 while serving as first lady at the UO.

In her presentation, Brand will discuss her husband’s decision to fire the legendary Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight while serving as that university’s president; why her husband, as president of the NCAA, chose to respond to popular radio announcer Don Imus’s racial slurs regarding the Rutgers University women’s basketball team; and, as it pertains to Penn State University, the thoughts surrounding the decision as to when university trustees should step in to control student riots.

Brand will give particular focus to her husband’s long-standing philosophy, “In college, winning is important but it’s more than that. It’s how you participate . . . How you conduct yourself and what values you’re representing.”

Brand is the author of numerous articles on aesthetics and feminist philosophy, as well as the editor of the forthcoming book “Beauty Revisited.”

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