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Olympic Champion and Title IX Advocate to Speak at the University of Hartford

Posted 10/02/2012
Posted by David Isgur

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, a law professor, and one of the nation’s foremost advocates of Title IX, will deliver a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium in the Harry Jack Gray Center at the University of Hartford. The program is part of the University’s Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturers program, and is presented with support from Newman's Own Foundation.

At the 1984 Olympic Games, Hogshead-Makar won three swimming gold medals. In 2000, Sports Illustrated named her Florida’s 13th-greatest athlete of the 20th century. Ranked number one in the world by the age of 14, she went undefeated in high school and college dual meets while competing for Duke University. Her accomplishment earned her a spot on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, but with that year’s U.S. boycott of the Games, the young athlete was forced to wait another four years to see her dream come true.

Hogshead-Makar has since become one of the nation’s foremost advocates of Title IX, the federal law giving women equal access to educational programs, including athletics. Having benefited from Title IX, Hogshead-Makar passionately pursued a college internship with the Women’s Sports Foundation. Upon her election to the group’s board of trustees, she went on to serve as the president of the Women’s Sports Foundation (1992–94) and is currently the organization’s legal advisor.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. To order tickets, call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 1.800.274.8587.

The Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Program of the University of Hartford brings celebrated authors, journalists, historians, academics, and artists to the Greater Hartford area. The series is part of the wide array of public programming that the University offers, fulfilling an important responsibility to serve the larger community of which it is a part.

The Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given over $350 million to thousands of charities around the world. For more information, visit