Faculty Research Day Summaries.
Right Place, Right Time: The Galvanization of Brooklyn During the Robinson Years
Faculty speaker Dr. Demetrius Pearson talked about the shock or excitement of Brooklyn and its socio-cultural ways due to the acts and life of legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson. The researched that was introduced to the audience was mainly garnered from books, special collections, as well as interviews from people first-hand. To start off, the past setting that was the Borough of Brooklyn was a fairly diverse melting pot with all types of races and ethnics that some say made the transition of a black male to enter an all-white league less difficult. The cross Robinson did not only affected the team and more importantly Brooklyn, but also provided a gateway for other African-Americans to seek out greater opportunities in bigger leagues. Dr. Pearson describe Robinson as having characteristics that resembled Ghandi, Dr. Martin Luther King, and even President Barack Obama, easily seen by his peaceful and non-conflictive behavior while being a nontraditional leader challenging the status quo of that era.
A few of the areas that Robinson was influenced in or helped provide way for were, Executive Order 9981 which was a presidential order by late President Truman that banned segregation in the Military, Brown vs, Board of education which stated that separate but equal school are not actually equal. The Civil Rights Movement and Bus Boycotts led by such other great men as Dr. MLK, the Red Scare, McCarthyism and MLB’s expansion to the great west.
The Impact of Knowledge of an Athlete’s Physical Disability on Spectators’ Impressions of Performance & Interest in Consumption
Faculty speaker Michael Hernandez opened his presentation with a mediocre D3 school basketball video. Shockingly enough, after the couple minutes of watching basketball far from its finest, he tells the crowd that the team in the dark uniforms were...
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