“Five-Ring Circus: Why We Can’t Live With the Olympics—or Without Them,” a talk by Alexander Wolff

April 19, 2017, 7:30 pm

The Hawthorne Club and the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History of Middlebury, Vermont are sponsoring a presentation, “Five-Ring Circus: Why We Can’t Live With the Olympics—or Without Them” by Alexander Wolff on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7:30 pm, at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist  Society Church, 2 Duane Court, Middlebury.  Admission is free.  Parking is available at the nearby Middlebury High School.

Alex Wolff's credentials from the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Alex Wolff’s credentials from the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Wolff will be addressing the risks and rewards of the Olympic Games, and reflecting on covering 10 of them, summer and winter, over 36 years with Sports Illustrated.

Alexander Wolff is a contributing writer with Sports Illustrated, having left the staff in 2016 as its longest-tenured writer after 36 years. In addition to covering basketball at all levels, he has written from 10 Olympics, soccer’s World Cup, the World Series, every Grand Slam tennis event, and the Tour de France. SI story assignments have taken him to such countries as China, Cuba, Iran, and Russia, and dealt with such issues at the intersection of sport and society as race, ethnicity, gender, drugs, the environment, education, youth development, business, conflict and ethics, as well as cultural themes like style, food and the media.

The Hawthorne Club was founded in 1877 to establish closer relations between members of the Middlebury College community and citizens of the town.  It is named for Nathaniel Hawthorne, a national literary hero whose talks at the College made him a local celebrity as well. Traditionally Hawthorne Club meetings have featured presentations by members on literary subjects and on relevant topics of interest to speakers and members. The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History was chartered in 1882 as an art museum, archaeological and historical society and continues to fulfill roles associated with those fields. Amongst its holdings are the archives of the Hawthorne Club.

The two organizations formed a partnership in 2015 to offer annually to the public at large a talk by a recognized specialist.  In 2015, Judge William K. Sessions III spoke on his judicial career and philosophy and Jay Parini reflected on his wide-ranging experience in the literary and visual arts in 2016.