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Academics sound off on the Olympics


The Vancouver 2010 Winter Games organization has partnered with the Globe and Mail newspaper to produce a series of Olympic-themed podcasts featuring Canadian academics.

The podcast series, entitled “Intellectual Muscle: University Dialogues for Vancouver 2010,” began in October, and new podcasts are being added each week until the start of the games in mid-February. The podcasts are on a diverse range of topics, such as what the Games contribute to society, gender stereotypes in sport and how Canada defines itself through international events.

Among those who’ve participated are Bruce Kidd, former Olympian and dean of the faculty of physical education at University of Toronto; Kevin Wamsley, acting dean of health sciences and former director of the International Centre for Olympic Studies at the University of Western Ontario; and University of Saskatchewan Chancellor Vera Pezer, also a former Canadian Olympic athlete.

The podcasts can be downloaded at the official Vancouver 2010 site website (several French-language podcasts will also be featured here) or at the Globe and Mail.

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