Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, associate professor and chair of social work at WWU, will discuss how sports participation gives at-risk young people opportunities to increase their self-esteem and overcome challenges at school, in their neighborhoods and within their families. This ties in with our One Read program, devoted this year to the story of the 1936 U.S. eight-man Olympic men's rowing team.
David Lile of KFRU will moderate a discussion about "The Boys in the Boat" with local experts. Dr. Robert M. Collins, professor of history at MU, will address the U.S. in the 1930s. Dr. Brad Prager, MU associate professor of German and member of the film studies program, will talk about German film from and about the 1930s. Third generation Missouri boat-builder Drew Lemberger will talk about his craft. Biographer Sharon Kinney Hanson will talk about Olympian Helen Stephens, a William Woods graduate who won gold at the 1936 Olympics, as well as Dee Beckmann and Leni Riefenstahl. Dr. Linda Davis, WWU professor of management information systems, will talk about her experience rowing for the University of Nebraska.
Sharon Kinney Hanson, author of “The Life of Helen Stephens, the Fulton Flash” will talk about the amazing life and accomplishments of Helen Stephens, who grew up in Fulton, attended William Woods and won gold in the 1936 Olympics. This presentation is part of the One Read community reading program. This year's book, "The Boys in the Boat," tells the story of another group of American Olympians in 1936.
One Read author Daniel James Brown steps up to the podium to talk about “The Boys in the Boat.” His presentation at Columbia College will be broadcast live to William Woods and on the radio at KOPN 89.5FM.