Diversity in arts, sports and sciences is theme of SPEAR Conference on Feb. 17-18
The 4th Annual Florida State University SPEAR Conference will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, and Saturday, Feb. 18, on the Florida State campus. This year's theme is "Embracing Multiculturalism and Diversity in the Arts, Sports and Sciences."
Sponsored by the Sport Psychology Organization and Research Team (SPORT), a student-led pre-professional sport science organization based in FSU's College of Education, the event is free and open to the public.
This year's SPEAR (Sport Professionals' Experience and Research) Conference will feature a multidisciplinary array of distinguished speakers from the Florida State faculty and institutions across North America. The conference also will include performances by Florida State student musicians, dancers and artists.
Friday kicks off with registration (11:30 a.m.-noon) and a keynote address by Nancy Marcus, dean of the Florida State University Graduate School. Presentations throughout the afternoon and all day Saturday will tackle topics ranging from "Cultural Sport Psychology" and "Cross-Cultural Research" to "Artistic Diversity" and "Religious Pluralism."
Of special interest is Friday's "People with Disabilities" session (4:15 to 5:30 p.m.) and Saturday's "Mental Skills for Warriors, Wounded Warriors and Others" presentation (3:45 to 4:45 p.m.), which will focus on transitioning back into society after serving in combat.
"One of our speakers, Mark Campbell, does some amazing work with injured veterans, so we'll be learning more about how our organization can contribute to FSU's efforts on behalf of our vets," said graduate student Karin A. Jeffery, current president of SPORT.
Visit the SPORT website here to access a link to the complete schedule of events and list of speakers for the 4th Annual FSU SPEAR Conference, which will take place:
FRIDAY, FEB. 17, AND SATURDAY, FEB. 18
FSU CENTER FOR GLOBAL AND MULTICULTURAL ENGAGEMENT ("THE GLOBE")
110 S. WOODWARD AVE.