This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer Politics and Sports: An All-American Matchup Evening Lecture/Seminar Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET Code: 1L0446 Location: This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series. Select your Tickets $20 Member $25 Non-Member Resize text Jesse Owens on the podium after winning a gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics (German Federal Archive/Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany License) The debate in recent years about the politicization of sports may seem like a new topic, but in fact, these two arenas of American life have been connected for a long time. Historian Kenneth Cohen explores that link, examining a colorful sporting past in which early boxers were funded by political parties and thoroughbreds were used to mobilize voters by turning elections into “races” in the 19th century. He also looks at how and why reformers at the turn of the 20th century advocated that sports should be separated from politics—a notion, says Cohen, that’s inescapably political. Drawing on fascinating historical anecdotes, Cohen offers a new perspective on the great game of American political hardball. Cohen is the Edward and Helen Hintz secretarial scholar and curator at the National Museum of American History, the director of the museum studies program at the University of Delaware, and the author of the prize-winning book They Will Have Their Game: Sporting Culture and the Making of the American Republic. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom.