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SRRA Lecture Series

Once a year, the Sport and Religion Research Alliance hosts a distinguished expert for a campus lecture.

SRRA Lecture Series 2021/22

Date: Monday, March 28, 2022

Time: 6:00-7:00 pm

Place: Online Live Zoom Webinar

Register here: TINY.UTK.EDU/SPORTTECHINFO

Title: Sport Tech: Faster, Stronger, BETTER?

Speaker: Tracy J. Trothen, ThD

Professor of Ethics, School of Religion
Joint Appointment, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario, CAN

Abstract:

Technology is developing at a furious pace. In sport, the tech race to become the best athlete is ratcheting up. Robots, pharmaceuticals, immersive AI, the Vaporfly running shoe, telemetry hacking sensors, nutrigenomics, genetic modification, cognitive enhancements, and more, are changing sport. In this technological age, it is becoming increasing difficult to identify our values and recognize what we love about sport. Spirituality may be a valuable part of the sport experience but may not be consciously recognized. We may experience something “more” that lifts sport into another zone but not be able to articulate the meaning of that something more. “Technological doping” is complicating things. If winning is important, but not everything or the only thing, then we must take a close look at how we are “enhancing” sport. In this talk, we will consider what it means to become better in sport. We will look at our values. We will look at sport’s spiritual dimension. And we will explore sport examples of technological doping and how these may or may not make us better.

Sport Tech Faster Stronger BETTER

SRRA Lecture Series 2020

Canceled due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic

SRRA Lecture Series 2019   

Title: Observations at the Intersection of Religion and Sport in American Culture

Speaker: Jeffrey Scholes, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

Director, Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

SRRA Lecture Series 2018  

Title: When Race, Religion, and Sport Collide

Speaker: Darren T. Smith, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Religious Studies, University of Memphis