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Fan violence in the ballpark is topic of lecture

9/2/2009 —

Joel Nathan Rosen, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., will be the featured speaker at Penn State Lehigh Valley's first Faculty Invitational Lecture Series of the 2009-2010 academic year. Rosen will present, "From the Top Down: Criminalizing Spectators and the Rule of Law inside America's Ballparks," at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23 in the auditorium (room 135) at the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus in Center Valley. This lecture is free and open to the public.


 Against the backdrop of one of North America's most cherished symbols, the ballpark, Rosen will investigate the dichotomy between moves to curb fan violence/misbehavior against evidence suggesting that today's ballparks are safer and more fan-friendly now than ever.


"I contend that when extended outwardly through the culture, ballpark regulations serve as a very effective, if not outright insidious, means of redefining the boundaries of personal autonomy based upon a cultural shift that highlights an increasingly low set of behavioral expectations," says Rosen.


Joel Nathan Rosen, Ph.D., is assistant professor of sociology at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa.  Rosen’s research focuses primarily on the relationship between human activity and stratification as informed by cultural idioms such as music and sport.  He is the author of "The Erosion of the American Sporting Ethos: Shifting Attitudes Toward Competition" (McFarland) and "From New Lanark to Mound Bayou: Owenism in the Mississippi Delta" (Carolina Academic Press, Forthcoming 2011), co-editor and contributor to "Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations" (University Press of Mississippi) and of "Falling from Grace: Race, Sport, and the Decline of Once-Cherished Reputations" (University Press of Mississippi, Forthcoming 2010) and has been published in such varied journals as The Sociology of Sport Journal, The Journal of Mundane Behavior, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture, The Journal of Sport History, and Media History Monographs.


Penn State Lehigh Valley's Center Valley campus is located at 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley, Pa., 18034. For more information, please contact (610)285-5067 or visit www.lv.psu.edu.
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