Across the Pond webinar: Football and Soccer

Join our webinar series called "Across the Pond", bringing together two Fulbright Scholars from either side of the Atlantic to discuss the intersection of their interests. Our transatlantic conversations address global challenges of all natures, and are a celebration of the civic engagement at the heart of the Commission's work.

For many years the game of football or soccer has existed quite differently on either side of the Atlantic. The “national” sport in the UK is a more regional game in the US, popular with school children but sometimes struggling to compete with other sports. Recent years have seen shifts, with the development of a franchise model of soccer in the US and the growing availability of UK football to American audiences. Earlier this year, these shifts appeared to come to a head with the proposal of the European Super League (ESL) which saw a number of UK teams (many owned by Americans) seeking to bring aspects of the franchise model to competition. Building on their experience as players, supporters and parents, this conversation will cover a wide range of questions from football as a means of socio-geographic and gender identity, the impact of commercial investment, and how the game of football or soccer can be read as a metaphor for life. 


Date: Tuesday 17 August 

Time: 5:00 PM (UK time)

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Kermit Davis is a Professor at the University of Cincinnati where he is the graduate program director of the Environmental and Occupational Hygiene and Occupational Safety and Ergonomics programs at the University of Cincinnati. Kermit is a past-President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and a Fellow of HFES (2013) and American Industrial Hygiene Association (2019). His research has concentrated on reducing ergonomic stressors of healthcare workers and patients in healthcare settings (e.g. hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home health care). In the last year, his research has focused on virtual offices. 

Glyn Robbins has worked in, written about and campaigned on housing for 30 years. For the last 10, he managed a council/public housing estate in north London, during which time he completed a PhD in urban and planning policy. His Fulbright Scholarship focuses on comparative US/UK housing and urban policy. Since 2019, Glyn has been a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE). He has been an active sportsperson throughout his life. He played competitive rugby for 20 years, but has now reverted to following the game he was brought up with  football. He was born and raised close to the ground of West Ham United and supported them as a child. But the move to the Olympic Park stadium was too traumatic, so he now has a season ticket at another east London club, Leyton Orient.    


Across the Pond is a new initiative from the US-UK Fulbright Commission presenting transatlantic conversations between scholars, covering a wide range of topics that showcase the range of interests of this year’s cohort of Fulbright Scholars. Keep an eye out for future events in the series running through the summer and early autumn.