CNR History Professor Supervises NBC's Olympic Research Room in London
Dr. Amy Bass, Professor of History and Director of the SAS Honors Program at The College of New Rochelle, supervised NBC’s Olympic Research Room this summer in London, England. This will be Dr. Bass’ eighth Olympic Games as supervisor.
Dr. Bass supervised a team of experts who provided background information and monitored breaking stories for the broadcast of the Games.
“This team of 30 geopolitical specialists, sports experts, linguists, and journalists, knows the names of every person carrying a flag in the Opening Ceremony, what might happen in every event before it happens, and how to find out whatever anyone else doesn't know. It is an amazing, tense, busy, scary place to work,” says Bass, “and about as high of a rush as you can get. I love it.”
Dr. Bass has an international reputation for her interdisciplinary approach to the study of sports, and has taught classes at CNR on subjects that include race and ethnicity, cultural theory, civil rights, (trans)nationalism, and modern culture.
She received a Ph.D. with distinction from Stony Brook University specializing in U.S. History and a comparative field in Cultural Studies, and is the author of Not the Triumph but the Struggle: the 1968 Olympic Games and the Making of the Black Athlete. She also edited In the Game: Race, Identity and Sports in the 20th Century. Her most recent book is Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle over W.E.B. Du Bois.
This coming fall semester Dr. Bass will teach an upper division history seminar entitled “Race, Sport, and Society,” as a way of encouraging students to understand how athletes are an excellent window through which to study ideas of racial and national identity.
Click here to read Dr. Bass' blog post, "London 2012: A Woman's Place is on the Field," on the University of Minnesota Press Blog.
Click here to read an article about Dr. Bass and her role at the Olympics in Berkshire Magazine, "Going for the Gold."
Pictured top: Dr. Amy Bass
Pictured bottom: Sarah Hughes, 2002 figure skating gold medallist, and Dr. Amy Bass while she supervises NBC’s Olympic Research Room in London