European Sports and Society

At the Nanovic Institute, we are no strangers to sports. We certainly noticed that the US soccer team beat Italy 1-0 in an exhibition game on 29 February 2012 in Genoa, Italy. Clint Dempsey, an American career scoring leading in England’s Premier League, scored in the 55th minute with an assist from Jozy Altidore. In 78 years (11 games), the Americans had been 0-7-3 against Italy and outscored 32-4. (Ouch.) This was the first time the US beat Italy. Could this be a tiny cultural watershed? Notre Dame is a bastion of collegiate sports in America and also bastion of the Humanities — yet the two cultures rarely mix. It would be interesting, we think, to bring them together more often.

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