Award-winning Sports Journalist William Rhoden to Speak on Teamwork and Leadership

Teaneck, NJ (January 21, 2009) — Award-winning New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden will discuss “From the Locker Room to the Classroom: Lessons in Teamwork and Leadership” as part of  Fairleigh Dickinson University’s celebration of Black History Month.

The event, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Rhoden, the bestselling author of “Forty Million Dollar Slaves and Third and A Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of The Black Quarterback,” uses sports as a vehicle to understand an increasingly complex society.  From the implications of President Obama’s election (Jackie Robinson), to the notion that the nation has somehow entered into a “post racial” era, Rhoden describes how sports has parallels to every crucial aspect of American society.

He also examines the specter of race, diversity and inclusion in the locker room setting, and how those lessons are applicable in the classroom or conference room.

During a career that spans more than three decades, William Rhoden has been a jazz critic, sports columnist and social commentator. He has played college football at Yankee Stadium, accompanied a federal agent on an interdiction mission along the US-Mexican border, been a road manager for a jazz quintet and taken a 17-hour drive across Cuba.

Rhoden joined The New York Times in 1982 as an editor in the Week-In-Review section. A year later he moved to sports and his assignment culminated in 1990 with a front page series, “The Student Athlete on Campus,” which described the complex relationship among colleges, college sports and college athletes. He has written “The Sports of the Times” column since 1990, and his work has been included in a number of anthologies including The Best American Sports Writing 2007.

In 1996 Rhoden won a Peabody Award for Broadcasting as a writer of the HBO documentary “Journey of the African American Athlete.”

The public is invited to attend Rhoden’s presentation in FDU’s Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, 140 University Plaza Drive, Hackensack, NJ. FDU’s Office of Student Life, Athletic Department, Student Athletic Advisory Committee and the Multicultural Council are sponsors of this event.

For further information, call (201) 692-2231.

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