On Monday, Keith Surridge, who teaches two history courses for the LUP, drew on another of his personal passions and gave an entertaining presentation on English football to an audience of interested students, faculty and staff.
In a jam-packed presentation, he covered the history of football; how it began and developed in England and how and why the rest of the world took up the ‘beautiful game’. He also tackled some of the tough questions: the impact of big money on the game; why England’s national team has had little success, while English clubs have dominated European competitions; and why the game means so much to so many people, both in the UK, and in the rest of the world.
The presentation was followed by a reception, which allowed the conversation to continue into the evening and extend to cover personal experiences as players, fans, and first-timers, as well as the politics and sociology of sports.
This presentation was the first in a series of event events that, within a convivial social setting, deepen student engagement with British and international culture.
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