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Olympic Games subject of BYU David M. Kennedy Center lecture Jan. 28

Corry L. Cropper, Brigham Young University associate professor of French studies, will present a David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies lecture titled “The Olympic Games: European Elitism for the Masses” Wednesday, Jan. 28, at noon in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium.

In his latest book, “Playing at Monarchy: Sport as Metaphor in Nineteenth-Century France,” he examines the ways sports and games are metaphorically used to defend and subvert, to praise and mock both class and political power structures.

His research interests include 19th-century Mérimée literature, political criticism and French sports and games. He is the author of several articles published in “Nineteenth-Century French Studies,” the “French Review” and “French Literature Series.”

Cropper received a bachelor’s degree from BYU and a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Illinois.

This lecture will be archived online. For a complete schedule of David M. Kennedy Center events, visit For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652 or

Writer: Angela Fischer


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