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ESPN writer/commentator Jemele Hill to join in panel discussion on sports, gender, and race, March 28, 2012.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- ESPN writer and commentator Jemele Hill, Vassar head women’s basketball coach Candice Brown, and Gawker.com managing editor Emma Carmichael will join in the panel discussion “Locked In: Reckoning with Sports, Gender, and Race at Vassar and in the Nation,” on Wednesday, March 28, at 5:30pm, in the Sanders Classroom Building Spitzer Auditorium (room 212). Associate Dean of the Faculty Eve Dunbar and Assistant Professor of English Molly McGlennen (a former NCAA Division I swimmer) will moderate the event, which is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Vassar program in Africana Studies.


About Jemele Hill

Jemele Hill joined ESPN in 2006 as a national columnist for ESPN.com and she now also makes regular appearances on the network’s television programs SportsCenter, ESPN First Take, Jim Rome is Burning, and Outside the Lines. Hill was earlier a sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel and a sports writer with the Detroit Free Press, and she began her career in 1997 as a general assignment sports writer for the Raleigh News & Observer. In 2007 Hill won the first annual McKenzie Cup, given by the Poynter Media Summit as a tribute to the groundbreaking sports editor Van McKenzie. Her distinctions also include an honorable mention in the 2007 edition of Best American Sports Writing.

About Candice Brown

In the 2010-2011 season coach Candice Brown led the Vassar women’s basketball program to the Liberty League championship and the NCAA Division III national tournament, both firsts for the college, and her team repeated each accomplishment in 2011-2012. Brown was also named both Liberty League Coach of the Year and D3hoops.com All-East Coach of the Year for 2010-11. Brown became Vassar’s head women’s basketball coach in 2009, after turning around the Manhattanville College women’s basketball program in three seasons. She herself was a two-time All-American basketball player at Marymount College, where she has also coached, along with a stint at Southern New Hampshire University.

About Emma Carmichael

Vassar alumna Emma Carmichael is managing editor of the New York news and gossip website Gawker.com, where she earlier wrote for the sports blog Deadspin. New York magazine, Slate.com, and TheAtlantic.com have also published her writing, and she is a regular contributor to TheAwl.com. Carmichael graduated from Vassar in 2010 with an Urban Studies degree, having played on the women’s basketball team for two seasons and served as an editor and writer for the weekly student newspaper The Miscellany News.

Additional support for this event is being provided by the programs in Women’s Studies, American Culture, and Media Studies, the Office of the Dean of the College, the Black Student Union, and the Office of Health Education.


Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (
http://www.vassar.edu).

Vassar College is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, and directions to the campus can be found at http://www.vassar.edu/directions.


Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, March 16, 2012