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UK's John Thelin Discusses Commercialism, Sports in Inside Higher Ed

John Thelin
John Thelin

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2021) — The University of Kentucky’s John Thelin recently published an op-ed in Inside Higher Ed. “Where are the Presidents?” discusses recent legal decisions surrounding commercialism and college sports and the lack of communication around it.

Thelin, a University Research Professor in the UK College of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, has most recently published the third edition of “A History of American Higher Education." His other published books include “Essential Documents in the History of American Higher Education” and “Going to College in the Sixties.” Thelin was also a member of the team of six historians who filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court for the NCAA v. Alston Case.

You can read Thelin’s full op-ed here.


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