2018 Povich Symposium

Shirley Povich Symposium

The Shirley Povich Symposium is an annual event sponsored by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and the Povich family that brings together leading figures in sports and journalism to debate current topics in sports and their impact on society.

Nov. 17, 2020: Diversity in the Owner's Box (Virtual due to COVID-19)

Featuring Len Elmore (former UMD and NBA basketball player), Kevin Blackistone (Merrill College, Doug Glanville (former MLB player), Kim Pegula (Buffalo Bills & Sabres). Moderated by Maury Povich.

Nov. 12, 2019: Big Stories that Changed the Game

Featuring: Marisa Kwiatkowski (USA Today), Sacha Pfeiffer (NPR), Mark Fainaru-Wada (ESPN), Joe Drape (New York Times), Bob Ley (ESPN), David Aldridge (The Athletic). Moderated by Emilio Garcia-Ruiz.

Nov. 13, 2018: Race in Sports: The Challenge Continues

Featuring: DeMaurice Smith (NFLPA), Chelsea Janes (The Washington Post), Kevin Merida (The Undefeated), Tom McMillen (Division 1A Athletic Directors Association), Scott Van Pelt (ESPN). Moderated by Maury Povich.

Nov. 8, 2017: Changing Winds in Sports

Featuring: Bob Costas (NBC Sports), Christine Brennan (USA Today), Michael Wilbon (ESPN), Tony Kornheiser (Tony Kornheiser Show/ESPN). Moderated by Maury Povich.

Nov. 16, 2016: The Future of Sports in TV

Featuring: John Skipper (ESPN), Jimmy Roberts ’79 (NBC Sports), Andrea Kremer (NFL Network) Jim Delany (Big Ten), Scott Van Pelt (ESPN), David Aldridge (Turner Sports). Moderated by Maury Povich.

Nov. 10, 2015: Sportswriting Then & Now: With a Look at the Past & Future

Featuring: Chelsea Janes (Washington Post), Christine Brennan (USA Today), Sally Jenkins (Washington Post), Tony Kornheiser (ESPN), Michael Wilbon (ESPN), Jeremy Schaap (ESPN). Moderated by Maury Povich.

More Symposiums: 

Nov. 11, 2014: Racism in Sports: How Far Have We Really Come?
Featuring: Kevin Blackistone (Merrill College/Washington Post/ESPN), Kara Lawson (WNBA), Damion Thomas (Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture) Scott Van Pelt (ESPN), Michael Wilbon (ESPN). Moderated by Maury Povich.
 
Nov. 5, 2013: Maryland to the Big Ten: Charting the Future; Remembering the Past
Featuring: Jim Delany (Big Ten Conference), Kevin Anderson (UMD Athletics), Bonnie Bernstein (Campus Insiders), Tom McMillen (Timios National Corporation), Scott Van Pelt (ESPN). Moderated by Maury Povich.
 
Nov. 13, 2012: Our Sports: A Look at the Area Sports Scene
Featuring: Gary Williams ’68 (Maryland men’s basketball), Scott Van Pelt (ESPN), Randy Boe (Monumental Sports and Entertainment), Kevin Byrne (Baltimore Ravens), Mark Ein (Washington Kastles), Lara Potter (Washington Nationals), Jill Sorenson (Comcast SportsNet), Tony Wyllie (Washington Redskins). Moderated by Maury Povich.
 
Nov. 2, 2011: Washington Redskins 50 Year Anniversary of Breaking the Color Barrier
Kevin Anderson (UMD Athletics), Darryl Hill ’65 (the first African American to play for the University of Maryland football team), Bobby Mitchell (the first African-American to play for the Washington Redskins and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame), Theresa Moore (filmmaker), Paul Tagliabue (retired NFL commissioner), Scott Van Pelt (ESPN), Michael Wilbon (ABC/ESPN). Moderated by Maury Povich.
 
Nov. 17, 2010: The Changing Landscape of Sports: How Much is too Much?
Featuring: Christine Brennan (USA Today), Daniel M. Snyder (Washington Redskins), Kevin Blackistone (Merrill College/ESPN) Scott Van Pelt (ESPN), Tony Kornheiser (ESPN-980). Moderated by Maury Povich.
 
Nov. 11, 2009: Intercollegiate Athletics: Pro/Con: The Joys and Challenges of College Sports
Featuring: William E. Kirwan (University System of Maryland), Deborah A. Yow (UMD Athletics), Gary Williams (University of Maryland men’s basketball), Michael Wilbon (ESPN), Scott Van Pelt (ESPN). Moderated by Maury Povich.
 
Nov. 12, 2008: Sports, Race and the Media
Featuring: Michael Wilbon (ESPN), Scott Van Pelt (ESPN), Gary Williams ’68 (Maryland men’s basketball), Len Elmore ’78 (Sportscaster, former Terrapin and NBA basketball player), Sage Steele (ESPN). Moderated by Maury Povich.
 
Nov. 8, 2007: The State of Sports Journalism Today
Featuring: Maury Povich (TV host), Ben Bradlee (formerly The Washington Post), Sally Jenkins (Washington Post), Michael Wilbon (Washington Post). Moderated by Maury Povich.
 
Nov. 9, 2006: Out of Bounds: When Athletes Make Front-Page News
Featuring: Tim Kurkjian ’78 (ESPN), Jon Pessah ’74 (ESPN The Magazine), Jimmy Roberts ’79 (NBC Sports), David Steele ’85 (formerly The Baltimore Sun), Scott Van Pelt (ESPN). Moderated by Maury Povich.

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