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Olympic Champion and Title IX Advocate to Speak
Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, a law professor, and one of the nation’s foremost advocates of Title IX, will deliver a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium.
The program is part of the Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Program, and is presented with support from Newman's Own Foundation.
The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. To order tickets, call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587.
Hogshead-Makar began swimming competitively early in life. Ranked number one in the world by the age of 14, she went undefeated in high school and college dual meets while competing for Duke University. Her accomplishment earned her a spot on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, but with that year’s U.S. boycott of the Games, the young athlete was forced to wait another four years to see her dream come true. At the 1984 Olympic Games, she won three gold medals. In 2000, Sports Illustrated named her Florida’s 13th-greatest athlete of the 20th century.
Hogshead-Makar has since become one of the nation’s foremost advocates of Title IX, the federal law giving women equal access to educational programs, including athletics. Having benefited from Title IX, Hogshead-Makar passionately pursued a college internship with the Women’s Sports Foundation. Upon her election to the group’s board of trustees, she went on to serve as the president of the Women’s Sports Foundation (1992–94) and is currently the organization’s legal advisor.
The coauthor, with Andrew Zimbalist, of Equal Play: Title IX and Social Change, Hogshead-Makar has testified in Congress on gender equality in sports. A tenured professor of law at Florida Coastal School of Law, she has appeared as an authoritative guest on 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, and the CNN and ESPN television networks. In 2007, Sports Illustrated recognized her as one of the most influential people in the 35-year history of Title IX. Hogshead-Makar continues to make her mark on history by speaking with audiences across the country about gender equality and empowering women.