Hardaway travels to Nova Scotia to present at conference

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Hardaway travels to Nova Scotia to present at conference

August 10, 2012

Dr. Roger Hardaway, professor of history at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, presented a research paper at an academic conference in July in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The subject of the conference, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Sport and Health at St. Mary’s University, was the sport of ice hockey. Hardaway’s paper was titled “Black Hockey Players in Europe.”

“I have been researching hockey players of African descent for several years,” Hardaway said. “I decided it was time that I shared some of this research with other college teachers who also are working in this area.”

Hardaway said sports history has become a legitimate field of scholarly research, and it is a fast-growing area of study. The Center for the Study of Sport and Health is one of the leading sites for this field in all of North America.

“Most of the professors at the conference were from Canada, which is understandable since hockey originated there,” Hardaway said. “But we also had several scholars from the United States and a few others from Europe.”

Conference participants had the opportunity to explore some of the sights of Halifax, the capital and largest city in the province of Nova Scotia.

Hardaway met several college and professional hockey players who participated in panel discussions and recounted their playing experiences.

“It was a great conference, and I was privileged to be asked to be involved in it,” Hardaway said. “The entire event was a wonderful experience.”

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