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How Technology Changed Sports

Science Pub | RVA

Fast suits, racing bicycles, athletic shoes, and drugs. Sports have been radically transformed by an explosion of scientific and technological advances in materials, training, nutrition, and medicine dedicated to manufacturing victory. Purdue University's Dr. Rayvon Fouché will walk into a bar to discuss his research on how technoscience has changed the games we love to watch and play.


Dr. Rayvon Fouche’s scholarship on invention and innovation explores the multiple intersections and relationships between cultural representation, racial identification, and technoscientific design. He has authored or edited several books including Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation and Game Changer: The Technoscientific Revolution in Sports. Fouché is the Director of the American Studies Program as well as a Professor at Purdue University. He received a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Ph.D. from Cornell University in the interdisciplinary field of Science & Technology Studies, and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in African and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. A former elite cyclist, he was one of many hopefuls that competed in the 1992 Olympic trials.

What to Expect

Theatre-style seating to accommodate a crowd • Sips of all sorts available for purchase • An informal 30-minute talk followed by a fun 30-minute Q&A

Where and When

Monday, April 8 • Doors to event space open at 7:00 p.m. • Program begins at 7:45 p.m. and will conclude at 8:45 p.m.

Capital Ale House Music Hall• 623 Main Street  Richmond, VA  • Public transit and carpooling are always good ideas • Plan your GRTC Plan Your Trip and/or click here for a map • Street parking throughout the neighborhood • Meters are free after 6:00 p.m.

Please make dinner arrangements prior to the program and then join us in the Music Hall • For restaurant-side dinner reservations at The Capital Ale House click here.


Limited seating on a first-come basis • No registration needed • Attend for free or donate what you can • $5 suggested • If you’re on Facebook, indicate that you’re going HERE and share the news with friends.

What is Science Pub RVA?

Science Pub RVA is an environment – a place for curious minds and creative thinkers to explore fascinating topics in an environment where no science background is expected. Programs are intentionally informal and designed for adults. Pub is in our name, but sipping a glass of water is common and cool. We’re about enjoying the night’s topic and each other, not about whatever liquids are in hand.

Science Pub RVA Presented by:

in partnership with

This informal program is presented by VCU’s Science Technology and Society Program and The Community Idea Stations’ Science Matters Initiative with support from the National Science Foundation (grant #1611953), generous underwriting of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Dugan, members of The Community Idea Stations, and attendees who kick cash contributions into the beaker at the welcome table ($5.suggested donation).

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Please Note

This program will be filmed. By attending this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image, and/or voice and authorize The Community Idea Stations and Virginia Commonwealth University to use photographs, video, and audio recordings containing your likeness, image, and/or voice in any medium for any purpose, including research.



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