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  Rutgers University Africana Studies Special Topics in Africana Studies: African Americans and Sports: History and Implications   Tuesday & Thursday 5:00-6:20 PM Tillet 105 Prof. Plummer Office Hours: Immediately after class on Tuesdays Email: [email protected]   Course Overview: Sports touch our lives unlike almost anything else. With the exception of perhaps music,  nothing reaches all segments of society simultaneously to the degree that sports do.  Both the custodial staff and the board of directors of America’s top companies stop their  lives to watch the same Super Bowl. Countries at war order cease-fires during the  international sports competitions so that their nations can devote complete attention to  sports. In 2006, for example, the civil war that had been waged in the Ivory Coast for four  years took a hiatus as both sides of the conflict paused to celebrate and support the  nation’s national soccer team in World Cup play. The wide spread penetration of sports  into our lives, regardless of our station in it, make sports a unique tool with which we can  examine people’s racial, economic, political, and social interactions.
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