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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
May 4, 2016
 
 
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Stephen Wenn, Professor

Dr. Stephen Wenn

Professor, Kinesiology & Physical Education, KPE Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Contact Information
Email: swenn@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.4160
Fax: 519-747-4594 (5050)
Office Location: Bricker Academic Building, BA517
Office Hours: Winter 2016 - Mondays 9:00-11:00 am / Thursdays 1:30-3:00 pm
Languages Spoken

English

Academic Background
BA, MA (Western), PhD (Penn State)
Biography
The major focus of my research involves examining the nexus of sport and commerce, more specifically the evolution of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) relationship with international television networks.  In March 2002, Robert Barney (lead author, University of Western Ontario), Scott Martyn (University of Windsor) and I published a book entitled, Selling the Five Rings: The IOC and the Rise of Olympic Commercialism (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2002, rev. ed., 2004).  I am lead author with these same colleagues on a second collaborative book published in December 2011 by Syracuse University Press entitled, Tarnished Rings: The International Olympic Committee and the Salt Lake City Bid Scandal.  I completed a two-year term as President of the North American Society for Sport History (2007-2009), and currently serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sport History and the International Journal of the History of Sport.  And, while I have a passion for research, there's no place I'd rather be than in the classroom.  I appreciate the opportunity for interaction with the students in Laurier's Kinesiology and Physical Education program, and I enjoy facilitating opportunities for them to hone their research and writing skills, while providing lectures that help them to place sport and physical activity in historical context.  Personal interests and/or hobbies include golf, recreational ice hockey, politics, reading almost anything dealing with the history of World War II, coaching youth sport teams, and most importantly, acting as the "Shadow GM" of the Toronto Maple Leafs. My wife Martha, son Timothy, daughter Lily, and I live in Baden.


Articles and Book Chapters

Stephen R. Wenn, “Peter Ueberroth’s Legacy: How the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Changed the Trajectory of the Olympic Movement,” International Journal of the History of Sport 32 (January 2015): 157-171.

Robert K. Barney and Stephen R. Wenn, “Selling Image and Exposure: The Rise of Olympic Commercialism,” in Andreas Amendt, Christian Wacker, and Stephan Wassong, eds., Olympics – Past and Present [Publications of the Qatar Olympic and Sport Museum, 2] (Munich: Prestel-Verlag, 2013), pp. 277-285.

Stephen R. Wenn, "Rivals and Revolutionaries: Avery Brundage, The Marquess of Exeter and Olympic Television Revenue, " Sport in History 32 (June 2012) : 257-278.  

Stephen Wenn and Tim Elcombe, "A Path to Peace: Thoughts on Olympic Revenue and the IOC/USOC Divide," The SAIS Review of International Affairs XXXI (Winter-Spring, 2011): 117-133.

Books

Stephen Wenn, Robert Barney, and Scott Martyn, Tarnished Rings: The International Olympic Committee and the Salt Lake City Bid Scandal (Syracuse, NY, Syracuse University Press, 2011).

Gerald P. Schaus and Stephen R. Wenn, eds., Onward to the Olympics (Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007).

Robert K. Barney, Stephen R. Wenn, and Scott G. Martyn, Selling the Five Rings: The IOC and the Rise of Olympic Commercialism [Revised Edition] (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2004).

 

Presentations

Stephen R. Wenn, “A Long and Winding Road: IOC/USOC Relations in the Post-Amateur Sports Act Era,” North American Society for Sport History Conference, University of Miami, Miami, FL, May 2015. 

Stephen R. Wenn, “Thomas Bach’s Big Decisions: Money, Priorities, and the Olympic Movement,” North American Society for Sport History Conference, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, May 2014. 

Stephen R. Wenn, “Peter Ueberroth’s Legacy: How the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Changed the Trajectory of the Olympic Movement,” The 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games: Assessing the 30-Year Legacy – Workshop (LA 84 and Routledge Press), Los Angeles, CA, January 2014.

Stephen R. Wenn, “The International Olympic Committee: From Bystander to Economic Juggernaut,” California State University – Fullerton, Department of Kinesiology Symposium, Fullerton, CA, January 2014.

Stephen R. Wenn, “Peter Ueberroth’s Los Angeles Olympic Legacy,”  North American Society for Sport History Conference, Halifax, NS, May/June 2013.

Stephen R. Wenn, "Reforging the Rings: Jacques Rogge's Legacy and Juan Antonio Samaranch's Shadow," North American Society for Sport History Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 2012.

Additional Information

Courses  2015/2016

KP141 A/B - Historical & Philosophical Foundations of Kinesiology

 

OFFICE HOURS Fall 2015

Mondays 2:00-3:00 pm

Thursdays 9:00-11:30 am

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