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
Kingston, Ontario, CAN
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.
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
Department of Religious Studies, University of Memphis