With the Rio Olympics in full swing, Transylvania history professor Gregg Bocketti offers a thought-provoking commentary on the games in an Op-Ed published by the Huffington Post and Lexington Herald-Leader: To Understand Olympics Protests, Look to the Past. He also was interviewed for WEKU's "On Point" radio program, Local Expert Weighs in on Rio Attendance.
This scholar of Brazilian sport has conducted most of his research in Rio, where he learned how sports have shaped the city. He also is a leading authority on the history of Brazilian and Latin American soccer and is an avid fan. Professor Bocketti authored the recently published book, “The Invention of the Beautiful Game: Football and the Making of Modern Brazil.”