Sunday, October 24 and Monday October 25, 2010


Nathan Abrams

Bangor University, Wales


"The Jew in the Gym: Judaism, Sports, and Athletics on Film"

Rebecca Alpert

Temple University

"Who Is That Masked Man? Buster Haywood and Black Baseball's Invisible Jews"

Linda J. Borish

Western Michigan University


"Jewish Women in the American Gym: Basketball, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Early Twentieth Century"

Jeffrey Gurock

Yeshiva University


"American Jewry's Contemporary Scoreboard: Home and Away"

Mihály Kálmán

Harvard University

"Cutting Their Way to Success: Hungarian Jewish Sportsmen at the Olympic Games, 1928-1936"

William Kornblum 

Graduate Center, City University of New York  


with Erin Sodmaik,
Graduate Center, City University of New York 

and Philllip Oberlander  

"Grappling with Ghosts: Jewish Wrestlers and Antisemitism"

David J. Leonard

Washington State University

"A Global Game: Omri Casspi and the Future of Jewish Ballers"


Steven Riekes

Omaha, Nebraska

"Is Life a Game? Athletic Competition as a Metaphor for the Meaning of Life"


Steven A. Riess

Northwestern Illinois University


"Antisemitism and Sport in Central Europe and the United States, c. 1870-1932"


Danny Rosenberg

Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada

"The Jewish Athlete of Faith: On the Limits of Sport"

Ori Z. Soltes

Georgetown University  

"From Benny Leonard to Abi Olajuwon: Jews, Muslims, Evangelicals and the Evolving Challenges of Being an American Athlete"

Nina Spiegel

American University

"Sporting a Nation: The Origins of the Maccabiah Games"


Loren R. Spielman
Portland State University



"Playing Roman in Jerusalem"