"Tigerland: Columbus at the Intersection of Sports and Race" with special guest Wil Haygood


7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Mershon Auditorium

1871 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43210


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Advancing the arts as a catalyst for meaningful discussion of contemporary issues, this year’s Director’s Dialogue on Art and Social Change celebrates Wil Haygood’s inspiring new work of social history, "Tigerland 1968–1969: A City Divided, A Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing" (due out from Random House on September 18). Haygood, journalist and author of "The Butler," will be joined on stage by special guests for a discussion of Columbus’s East High School and its miracle 1968–69 basketball and baseball seasons; race relations past and present; and Ohio State athletics.

Since 2006, the center’s annual Director’s Dialogues have explored social justice, identity politics, climate change, and health care, among other issues, with such leading cultural and academic figures as Ann Hamilton, Kerry James Marshall, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Jason Moran, Anna Deavere Smith, Lynne Tillman, and Patricia Williams.

The Wexner Center’s Director’s Dialogues are made possible in part by a lead endowment gift from an anonymous donor.

Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Sports and Society Initiative and presented in conjunction with Columbus’ yearlong celebration "I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100."



-Chris Bournea (moderator), local journalist and director of "Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of African-American Women in the Ring" (2017).

-Alice Flowers, East High School’s homecoming queen in 1968–69.

-Jack Gibbs, Jr., lawyer; his father was the first black principal at East High School (1967–71) and “savior of the 1954 Ohio State-Michigan game” as a fullback for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

-Wil Haygood, currently a Visiting Distinguished Professor in the department of media, journalism, and film at Miami University. After spending nearly three decades as a journalist for the Boston Globe and Washington Post, he has authored numerous books including "Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson" (2011); "The Butler: A Witness to History" (2013), later adapted into a critically acclaimed film; and "Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America" (2015).