VIRTUAL Lecture Series: Women in Sports

 Monday, June 22, 2020 - Thursday, June 25  

These 90-minute virtual lectures are held at 10:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday through Zoom, an online conferencing service.

Women in Sports: Gain inspiration from Wimbledon doubles champion, JoAnne Russell, and discover the strides women’s sports have made over the past century.

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Monday, June 22

1:30 p.m., Life on Tour with JoAnne Russell & Steve Vaughan

Join elite tennis professional Steve Vaughan as he interviews Wimbledon Champion JoAnne Russell on location at Linville Ridge Country Club in Avery County, N.C.

In this Zoom Webinar interview, learn about the journey of Russell’s career, from her start in the Junior Rankings to competing in the Wimbledon. As colleagues and friends, Vaughan and Russell will offer an up close and personal look at their own experiences while coaching and playing in the world of professional tennis. Russell will discuss her 1977 Wimbledon Ladies’ Double title, and her life as a coach and current tennis pro at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples, Fla.

Russell is an American former professional tennis player who, with her playing partner Helen Gourley Cawley, won the 1977 Wimbledon Ladies’ Doubles title by defeating Chris Evert and Rosie Casals in the first round and the top-ranked team of Martina Navratilova and Betty Stöve.

Russell played on the pro circuit until 1988, winning three Grand Slam Masters crowns in doubles, six Women’s Tennis Association titles and a World Cup Singles title. She was inducted into the Florida Tennis Hall of Fame and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Women’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. Russell also served as an Assistant Coach at the University of Illinois from 1998-2005. Now retired, she is a tennis pro at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples, Fla.

Vaughan is an elite professional tennis player. He has played tennis his entire life, winning the 1973 North Carolina State Championship in high school and serving as team captain at Clemson University. After college, he served as a tennis pro at several country clubs in Columbus, Ohio. In 1984, Vaughan moved to Naples and worked as the Director of Tennis at Quail Creek Country Club and Director of Grey Oaks Country Club. In 2015, Vaughan was hired as Director of Tennis at The Player Club & Spa.

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Tuesday, June 23

10:30 a.m., Between the (Front) Lines: American Women Tennis Players in Times of War

In a study of Cold War scholarship, professor Ashley Brown explores how female tennis players served as goodwill ambassadors for the State Department during the Cold War.

Brown links the female athlete’s importance to American propaganda and cultural diplomacy programs, presenting a hidden history of the Cold War that’s filled with overlooked figures.

Based on barnstorming exhibition journeys made by the popular and influential Alice Marble during World War II, American women took part in Goodwill tennis tours overseas. Battling adversity, Doris Hart and Althea Gibson led a cadre of highly skilled and accomplished women amateurs on those global tours in the 1950s.

These international tours enabled players to enhance their skills, travel the world and vie for titles while serving their country. Still, players were subject to the politics, pressures, and restrictions faced by American women at large.

Brown is the Allan H. Selig Chair in Sport and Society in U.S. History and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches courses in sports history and African American history.

Her book manuscript, tentatively titled Serving Herself First: The Life of Althea Gibson, is a critical feminist biography of the first African American to win titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Her 2015 article, Swinging for the State Department: American Women Tennis Players in Diplomatic Goodwill Tours, 1941-1959, was honored by the North American Society for Sport History and was published in the Journal of Sport History.

Brown is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She earned her PhD in American Studies at George Washington University.

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Wednesday, June 24

10:30 a.m., A Hidden History: Women in College Football

Known historically as a male-dominated sport, college football has a hidden history of female influence.

Curator of the Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, Jeremy Swick, will introduce the game of American football, from its earliest roots in English rugby to the dynamic sport it is today.

Onsite at the Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Swick will highlight the interesting ways in which women contributed and continue to contribute to the game of football.

Swick is the Historian and Curator at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. His scholarship has focused on African American, sport history and material culture history, which Swick combined in his recent article, titled A Living Memorial: A Case Study on the Creation of Memorial Stadiums at the University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, and Indiana University During the 1920s.

He earned his master’s degree in public history at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, where he also completed his bachelor’s degree in history.

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Thursday, June 25

10:30 a.m. The Olympic Museum & Charlotte Cooper Virtual Exhibit Exploration

Join Lakeside Chautauqua's Director of Education & Heritage Programs Dakota Harkins on Zoom for a short introduction to a HistoryView self-guided virtual tour and to learn more about the Olympic Museum. The password to access the video is: #Lakeside2020.

The Olympic Museum, located in Lausanne, Switzerland, is the largest archive of the Olympic Games in the world, housing more than 10,000 Olympic and sports artifacts.

More than 250,000 visitors explore exhibits on "Olympic World, Olympic Game and Olympic Spirit" each year. The museum highlights Olympic values and the impact the games have on society.

With the help of HistoryView virtual tours, guests can take self-guided online tours from the comfort of their own home, anywhere in the world. In addition to the Virtual Tour of the Olympic Museum, discover a digitized Olympic Museum exhibit focused on the life of one of the first female Olympians, Charlotte Cooper.

The online exhibit is hosted by Google Arts & Culture with a link provided by Lakeside Chautauqua.

Visit the Olympic Museum Website Self-Guided Tour of the Olympic Museum Google Arts & Culture: Charlotte Cooper Exhibit
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