Calkins to open academic speaker series
Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12:02 am
Geoff Calkins, award-winning sports columnist for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, will present “From Harvard to Happiness: Looking for the good stuff in the sometimes seamy world of sports,” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the University of Tennessee at Martin. His presentation is scheduled in Watkins Auditorium in the Boling University Center and is offered through the university’s Academic Speaker Series.
Calkins has twice been named Best Sports Columnist in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors and has won the Green Eyeshade Award as the Best Sports Columnist in the South three times. He has also covered six Olympics and 12 Super Bowls, in addition to making appearances on ESPN and National Public Radio.
He currently writes one metro-section column a week for The Commercial Appeal, makes daily radio appearances on the “Gary Parrish Show with Geoff Calkins” and hosts a weekly television show, “Sports Files with Geoff Calkins,” on WKNO (Memphis PBS).
After graduating from Harvard College and then Harvard Law School, Calkins went on to earn a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. He has worked with People magazine, the United States Attorney’s office and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.
UT Martin Athletic Director, Phil Dane, nominated Calkins for the Speakers Program. “Partnerships like this enhance the athletic department’s relationships with academic departments, and I’m pleased when we can combine resources to bring people like Geoff to campus,” said Dane.
Calkins wrote about the Westview High School (Martin) softball team last year, sparking the idea to include him in the speakers program. His lecture is co-sponsored by UT Martin Honors Programs and intercollegiate athletics.
For more information about the Academic Speaker Series, contact Dr. Lionel Crews, Honors Programs director, 731-881-7436.