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Query Club at the Sewickley Public Library

October 16, 2017 7:00pm - October 16, 2017 9:00pm

500 Thorn St, Sewickley, PA 15143, USA

October 16, 2017

Now in its 152nd year, the Sewickley Query Club presents and discusses papers on yearly themes from history and culture. We meet every two weeks (approximately) from September until April, on Mondays from 7-9 pm, at the Sewickley Library, 500 Thorn St, Sewickley, PA 15143.

This year’s topic: “Sports in History.”

1. "Archer Christian’s Death and Rule Changes in Football," by Connor Cogswell

Football has always had its critics. In the 1890’s, Harvard President Charles Eliot called the game “more brutalizing” than prize fighting, cock fighting and bull fighting combined. As it came to reward size and brute strength over speed and athletic ability, there was a rash of deaths and injuries. The 1909 death of Archer Christian spawned a movement to reform and/or abolish the game on university campuses. The resulting rule changes of 1910 transformed football into the sport we know today.

2. "Concussion and the Brain," by Carol Shifflett

Why and how concussion produces such a range of injuries — from anger and insomnia to depression and migraines — in athletes and others. How to recognize the symptoms, how to heal and how to play sports safely.