Kevin Witherspoon

Kevin Witherspoon

  • Professor of History and Chair, Department of History & Philosophy
  • Faculty, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
LC 359 Carnell Learning Center
Education

Ph.D., Florida State University (2003) 
M.A., University of Maine (1996) 
B.A., Florida State University (1993)

Publications

BOOKS

  • Before the Eyes of the World: Mexico and the 1968 Olympic Games. Northern Illinois University Press. (2008: 224)

CHAPTERS, CASES, READINGS, SUPPLEMENTS

  • Repression of Protest and the Image of Progress (Mexico 1968). Surveilling and Securing the Olympics: from Tokyo 1964 to London 1912 and Beyond. New York: Palgrave. (2016: 110-125)
  • Fuzz Kids and Musclemen: The U.S./Soviet Basketball Rivalry, 1965-75. Diplomatic Games: An International History of Sport and Foreign Relations since 1945. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. (2014: 29)
  • Not Always Natural: A Historiography of Sport in American Culture. Sport in American History.West Sussex, UK: Wiley Blackwell. (2014: 18)

ARTICLES - REFEREED

  • Going to the Fountainhead: Black American Athletes as Diplomats in Africa, 1970-71 in The International Journal of the History of Sport. (2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations

PRESENTATIONS

  • Working: What Sports Historians Would Tell Studs Terkel. North American Society of Sports Historians Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. (May, 2016)
  • America's Team: The Nashville Business College 'Nabucos' Confront the Soviets, 1958-68. North American Society of Sports Historians Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. (May, 2016)
  • Make it Big or not at All: Three Counter-Olympic Festivals of 1936. The Nazi Games: The Berlin Olympics After 80 Years. Fort Myers, Florida. (2016)
  • Black U.S. Athletes as Diplomats in Africa. The Global History of Sport in the Cold War. New York, New York. (October, 2015)
  • Race and Diplomacy in the Cold War: Mal Whitfield, 'an Outstanding Representative of America.North American Society of Sports Historians Annual Conference. Coral Gables, Florida. (May, 2015)
  • The Cleveland Workers' Olympiad of 1936 and Opposition to the Nazi Olympics. North American Society of Sports Historians Annual Conference. Denver, United States of America. (May, 2014)
  • The Scopes Trial and Evolution: a History of Controversy. Teaching American History in the Lakelands. Greenwood, South Carolina. (February, 2014)
  • Gilded Age America on Display. Teaching American History in the Lakelands. Greenwood, South Carolina. (September, 2013)
  • Heart-Warming to Come Back Home: Black American Athletes as Diplomats in Africa, 1970-71.North American Society of Sports Historians Annual Conference. Halifax, Canada-Nova Scotia.(May, 2013)
  • 1968: The Year that Rocked the Nation. Lander University's Distinguished Speaker Series.Greenwood, South Carolina. (February, 2013)
  • Teaching American History in the Lakelands and the Teaching with Primary Sources Program.Library of Congress Teaching With Primary Sources 2012 Eastern Region Conference.Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (June, 2012)
  • The Olympics, 1968-80: Harmonizing Influence and Security Nightmare. Peace Studies Conference. Greenwood, South Carolina. (March, 2012)
  • 'Back to Africa:' Black American Athletes as Diplomats in Africa during the Cold War. South Carolina Historical Association Annual Meeting. Columbia, South Carolina. (March, 2012)
  • Guns in the Land of Harmony: Security and the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Montreal, Canada. (November, 2011)
  • Is the Constitution Really Colorblind? And, do we want it to be?. Midyear Retreat, Teaching American History in South Carolina. Winnsboro, South Carolina. (February, 2011)
  • Operation Homerun, the Sports Corps, and other Adventures in Sports Diplomacy, 1955-1965.North American Society of Sports Historians Annual Conference. Austin, Texas. (2011)
  • Historians Debate: Who Ended the Cold War?. Teaching American History program. Columbia,South Carolina. (November, 2010)
  • Historians Debate the Nature of the Cold War. Teaching American History program. Columbia,South Carolina. (November, 2010)
  • Historians Debate: Who Started the Cold War?. History Educator's Forum. Columbia, South Carolina. (October, 2010)
  • A Home of Its Own: Placing Sport in the Historiography of the Cold War. North American Society of Sports Historians Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida. (May, 2010)
  • Contesting the Fitness Gap: U.S./Soviet Sporting Exchanges During the Cold War. North American Society of Sports Historians Annual Conference. Asheville, North Carolina. (May, 2009)
  • Mexico '68: Forty Years Later. The Legacy of 1968: An Interdisciplinary Conference.Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (April, 2008)
  • War Between the Lines: Sport and Diplomacy in the Cold War. Lander University's Distinguished Speaker Series. Greenwood, South Carolina. (February, 2008)
  • Thin Air and Lofty Dreams: The Altitude Controversy and the Mexico City Olympics of 1968.American Historical Association Annual Conference. Washington, District of Columbia. (January, 2004)
  • Building for Legitimacy: Mexico, the Cold War, and the Bid for the 1968 Olympics. World History Association Annual Meeting. Atlanta, Georgia. (June, 2003)