Lowell Lecture

Why Football Matters: What's Gained (and Lost) from a Gridiron Education

Date & Time

Oct. 15, 2014


Boston College - Gasson 100
140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Mark Edmundson

Presenting Organization

Boston College



In Why Football Matters, Mark Edmundson, a University Professor and Professor of English at the University of Virginia, considers the paradoxical game that transformed him as a young man. Football teaches self-discipline and teamwork; it also celebrates violence. It showcases athletic beauty and physical excellence; it also damages young bodies and minds. It instills confidence and purpose, and also cockiness and an inflated sense of superiority. Edmundson's many other books include Why Read?, Why Teach?, Kings of Rock and Roll, The Death of Sigmund Freud, and Nightmare on Main Street. His essays have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, The American Scholar and Raritan, to which he is a contributing editor.