Award-winning journalist to speak at Susquehanna University

SELINSGROVE – Award-winning journalist and active community leader Laura Pappano will bring her talk “Balls, Brains and Brawn”to Susquehanna University at 6:30 p.m. April 12 in the Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms of Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.

During the discussion, Pappano will examine gender roles in sports. From Babe Didrikson to Billie Jean King and Ronda Rousey, sports have offered a stage to challenge social, political and economic gender rules. Pappano will explore how this matters now, and what it means to college athletes competing in the job market.

Pappano, a 1984 graduate of Yale University, is the author of “Inside School Turnarounds”and “The Connection Gap”and co-author of “Playing with the Boys.”

A former education columnist for The Boston Globe, her work has appeared in The New York Times magazine, The Huffington Post and The Boston Globe magazine, among other print and online publications. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times’ Education Life section and The Harvard Education Letter.

In 2011, she founded The New Haven Student Journalism Project, which helps urban public school students learn about the craft and power of journalism.

The event is free and open to the public.