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Gems completes Fulbright assignments of teaching, advising, giving lectures

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, lectured and consulted as Fulbright Senior Specialist in Sweden and Denmark.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, completed his Fulbright responsibilities from March 10 to 23 in Sweden and Denmark. At Sweden’s Malmö University, he presented a lecture on “Sport, Colonialism, and Politics in the U.S.A.” and held a seminar for Ph.D. graduate students. At the University of Copenhagen, he presented a public lecture on “Sport, Ethnicity, and the Formation of a National Identity” and taught a class on sport concussions to a sport psychology class.

Gems has chapter, book reviews published

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, publishes chapter in new book and two book reviews in “Journal of Sport History.”

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, had his chapter, titled “Baseball, Invented Tradition, and Nationalistic Spirit,” published in “Myths and Milestones in the History of Sport,” which is edited by Stephen Wagg and published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book goes beyond the newsy versions of apparent turning points in sport history and explores these moments in a series of detailed and insightful studies.

Gems named international fellow at sport institute

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central professor of health and physical education, gives talks at Bangladesh Institute of Sport Sciences, named international fellow.

 Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, delivered two presentations in December 2011 at the Bangladesh Institute of Sport Sciences in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He also was inducted as an international fellow of the institute, along with another American and international scholars from Turkey, Denmark, Malaysia, Great Britain and Spain. The events were attended by a host of sports dignitaries and the Bangladesh minister of commerce.

Gems is featured in documentary, gives online interview and talk at local museum

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, is featured in Oct. 20 documentary, gives interview and talk on history of sport.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, was interviewed and filmed for a documentary titled “Brotherhood of Bags” that will air Thursday, Oct. 20, at 8:30 p.m. on the Lakeshore Public Television (WYIN) station.

Tribune interviews Gems about the 1985 Bears invite to the White House

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, was interviewed in Chicago Tribune about the 1985 Bears team visit to the White House on Oct. 7.

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, was interviewed for an article by Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune correspondent in Washington, D.C., about the Chicago Bears 1985 championship team invitation to the White House on Oct. 7, 2011. Click here to read the article.  

Gems gives talk, coauthors chapter and essays in books

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, gives talk in Copenhagen and publishes three pieces in new books about sports.

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, gave a presentation titled “Migration, Assimilation, and Sport: Historical Developments and Current Events” at the University of Copenhagen Summer School for graduate students on Aug. 27. In addition, he served as an advisor to several American and international students relative to the development of their doctoral dissertations.

Gems interviewed for films, gives talk in Germany

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, was interviewed for two documentaries, gives talk on the German American Turners.

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, was filmed and interviewed by documentary producer John Cork for two films. Cork’s Cloverland Productions will produce a biography of swimmer Johnny Weismuller, and 20th Century Fox will broadcast Cork’s documentary on the 1924 Olympics on HBO (date TBA).

Gems gives lecture in Cuba

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, gave talk on sport, ethnicity, assimilation theory at the World Congress of the Sociology of Sports.

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, presented a lecture titled “Sport, Ethnicity, and Assimilation Theory: The Case of Italian Americans” at the weeklong World Congress of the Sociology of Sports in Havana, Cuba, on July 13. He was also interviewed by the Cuban press for an article to be published in all Cuban papers.

Gems gives paper, contributes to documentary

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, presented a paper on “Interwar Black Basketball” and was interviewed for part of a documentary.

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, presented a paper titled “Interwar Black Basketball: Bridging, Race, Class, and Gender Gaps” at the North American Society for Sport History convention at the University of Texas in Austin on May 28. He was also interviewed for part of a documentary film, “Sanctioned Savagery: A History of American Football.”

A member of North Central’s faculty since 1988, Gems received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Gerald Gems awarded Fulbright grant

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, received a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to teach and consult at the University of Copenhagen.

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, was awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant in U.S. Studies—Pop Culture and will teach and act as a consultant at the University of Copenhagen during the month of April and again in December. Gems will conduct his work during his professional term this spring.

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