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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Lobo Joins CT Forum Panel on Sports
Legendary UConn Husky Rebecca Lobo will join a high profile panel of sports personalities in Hartford for a live, unscripted conversation about the beauty, corruption and power of the sports world.
The Connecticut Forum’s The World of Sports will take place on Thursday, February 16 at 8 p.m. at The Bushnell.
Panelists include National Championship-winning Head Coach Urban Meyer; Legendary UConn Husky Rebecca Lobo; Popular ESPN TV and Radio Host Colin Cowherd; and William Rhoden, highly respected sports columnist for The New York Times. Linda Cohn, longtime sportscaster and ESPN anchor, will moderate this discussion – a no-holds-barred and timely conversation about the social, institutional and economic power of sports.
Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at www.ctforum.org or by calling (860) 509-0909.
For panelist interviews and media coverage at this event, contact Jamie Daniel at (860) 509-0909 ext. 14.
Rebecca Lobo is a legendary University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball player, best known for leading the Huskies to their first National Championship in 1995. Lobo won a gold medal as the youngest member of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team in 1996, before embarking on a successful seven-year WNBA career. She currently works as a television analyst, author and motivational speaker.
Urban Meyer, recently named the new Head Coach of THE Ohio State Buckeyes, is best known for coaching the Florida Gators to two BCS National Championship Game victories. He recently served as college football game and studio analyst for ESPN. Named Sporting News and Sports Illustrated “Coach of the Decade” in December of 2009, Meyer was the first coach ever to win two BCS National Championships and he is one of only two coaches in the history of the SEC to win two outright National Titles.
Colin Cowherd is the popular host of The Herd with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio and SportsNation, a fast-paced, audience-driven sports show on ESPN2. Named Nevada's Sportscaster of the Year five times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, as well as the 2005 Radio Personality of the Year by Sports Illustrated, Cowherd’s unique brand of acerbic wit and provocative attitude has earned him a dedicated radio and television audience.
Award-winning New York Times columnist William Rhoden is one of the nation’s most respected journalists. During a career that spans more than three decades, Rhoden has been a revered sports columnist, social commentator, author and documentary writer. He has been writing about sports for The New York Times since March 1983, tackling such weighty issues as the roles of race and gender in American sports and corruption in NCAA athletics.
The Connecticut Forum is a non-profit organization that serves Connecticut and beyond with live, unscripted panel discussions among renowned experts and celebrities, and community outreach programs including the Connecticut YOUTH Forum.
Our mission: to encourage the free and active exchange of ideas in Forums that inform, challenge, entertain, inspire and build bridges among all people and organizations in our community.
Lauren Yarger with playwright Alfred Uhry at the Mark Twain House. Photo: Jacques Lamarre)
Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.”
Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.
She was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater (the only ones you can find in the US with an added Christian perspective) at http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/. She is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection (http://ctarts.blogspot.com), CT Press Club's award winner of first place for web editing and second place in feature writing for the web in 2012.
She is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com and is a theater reviewer for the Manchester Journal-Inquirer. She previously served as Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp.com and as Connecticut and New York reviewer for American Theater Web. Yarger is a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly and freelances for other sites. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
She is a freelance writer and playwright and member of The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association and The League of Professional Theatre Women. She served as a judge for the SDX Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists. She also is a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle (awards committee).
A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger also worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and served for nine years as the Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. She lives with her husband in West Granby, CT. They have two adult children.
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