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Removing Obstacles to Sport & Physical Activity

Join us for an insightful event celebrating Dr. Donnelly’s impact and legacy in the fields of public sociology, critical sport studies and policy development.

Presented by: Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
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The Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE) cordially invites you to the inaugural Peter Donnelly Lecture in Sport Policy Studies: Open Spaces and Social Good: Removing Obstacles to Sport and Physical Activity.

Keynote Speaker
We are delighted to welcome keynote speaker Dr. Parissa Safai, Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science in the Faculty of Health at York University and the first doctoral student of Dr. Peter Donnelly.

Dr. Safai's research interests focus on the critical study of sport at the intersection of risk, health and healthcare. This includes research on sports’ “culture of risk”, the development and social organization of sport and exercise medicine, as well as the social determinants of athletes’ health. She also conducts research and teaches on sport and social inequality with focused attention paid to the impact of gender, socio-economic, and ethnocultural inequities on accessible physical activity for all.

Lecture Details
Join us for an insightful event celebrating Dr. Donnelly’s impact and legacy in the fields of public sociology, critical sport studies and policy development. The lecture will explore current issues and challenges regarding public health, access to safe, inclusive physical activity, and the values of sport.

It will also consider Dr. Donnelly’s intellectual craftsmanship, commitment to advocacy, and push to offer solutions when considering the ongoing relationships between sport and health.

Event Details

  • Thursday March 21, 2024 at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue)
  • Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m.
  • Light refreshments will be served
  • No cost to attend but registration is required

    The event is open to all, and will also be livestreamed. We welcome students, staff, and faculty from across the University of Toronto community, as well as alumni of the Faculty and members of the public.

A link to the livestream will be provided to registrants a few days before the event.

About the Dr. Peter Donnelly Lecture
This lectureship honours the contribution and legacy of Peter Donnelly, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. He is the founding Director of the Centre for Sport Policy Studies (1999 - 2021), and was a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. The lecture aims to celebrate his legacy of teaching, contribution to the sociology of sport and commitment to social justice.

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