Basketball and American Culture: A Special Symposium featuring Bill Bradley

NBA Hall of Fame member and former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley said it best.  “[Basketball] is the gift that never stops giving.  The game is full of great joy and a great memory.  It needs to be celebrated.”

As part of the campus-wide celebration, “The Naismith Rules of Basket Ball”, Bradley spoke at the November 29th Basketball and American Culture: A Special Symposium, presented by the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center.  Bradley, who was educated at Princeton, was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, in addition to his storied basketball career which included a 1964 Olympic Gold Medal and two NBA championships with the New York Knicks, spoke about the values of the game of basketball and how it affected him personally.

The event featured additional speakers Dr. Dan Nathan, Dr. Reuben A. Buford May, and Professor Madeleine Blais, who each have an impressive background in sport history and have produced celebrated works in the field.

Notable attendees included Edith Royal, Jody Conradt, Suzanne Booth, Karen Aston, Ross Ohlendorf, and Mark Henry.

Naismith’s “Original Rules of Basket Ball” will be on display at the Blanton Museum of Art until January 13, 2013.

To read more about the event, click here.​

Senator Bradley and Terry Todd listen to Ross Ohlendorf in the Stark Center lobby. Senator Bradley speaking with Suzanne Booth, Ross Ohlendorf and Terry Todd in the Stark Center lobbyt. The Longhorn Network was on site for the event. View of the camera man in the back of the ballroom filming the event.
Senator Bradley and Terry Todd listen to Ross Ohlendorf Senator Bradley with Suzanne Booth and Ross Ohlendorf The Longhorn Network was on site for the event
Jody Conradt at the podium introducing Senator Bill Bradley Senator Bill Bradley at podium addressing the audience A view of the Alumni Center Ballroom with a full audience listening to Bill Bradley speaking at podium
Jody Conradt introduces Senator Bill Bradley Senator Bill Bradley addresses the crowd The Alumni Center Ballroom was full for the event
From left to right: Terry Todd, Reuben May, Suzanne Booth, Bill Bradley, Madeleine Blais, Dan Nathan, Jan Todd, Jody Conradt Mark Henry, Bill Bradley, and Jody Conradt Bill Bradley with Karen Aston looking through a book
Terry Todd, Reuben May, Suzanne Booth, Bill Bradley, Madeleine Blais, Dan Nathan, Jan Todd, Jody Conradt Mark Henry, Bill Bradley, and Jody Conradt Bill Bradley with Karen Aston
Bill Bradley with Edith Royal Dr. Dan Nathan addresses the audience from podium Dr. Reuben A. Buford May at podium giving his presenation
Bill Bradley with Edith Royal Dr. Dan Nathan addresses the audience Dr. Reuben A. Buford May talks about his book
Professor Madeleine Blais speaking at podium Dr. May answers an audience member's question
Professor Madeleine Blais Dr. May answers an audience member’s question

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