American Holidays Series: Sporting America

February 22nd,2022 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Andrew Roth,Ph.D.

In this episode, American Holidays explores Sporting America – its history and development, the changing meaning of the word sport, and the cultural revolution of the "sports" that America celebrates. From horse racing in colonial America to today's Triple Crown, from the "rumble and tumble" of 19th-century fist fighting to mixed-martial arts, from Harry Wright's Cincinnati Red Stockings to today's MLB, from Princeton versus Rutgers to today's College Football Playoffs, from James Naismith hanging a peach basket in the Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA to today's Final Four and NBA Finals, from the Canton Bulldogs and the first "Super Bowl" to today's mega-event NFL championship and many other stops in between, we'll explore the meaning of sports in American life and how Americans celebrate "their sporting life."


This JES Satellite Program is a lunch n' learn event, which will be held at:

Corry Higher Education Council
221 North Center Street
Corry, Pa 16407


*The Corry Higher Education Council will require masking and face coverings for all staff, instructors, students, tenants, and visitors while inside the Smith Education Center. The physical distancing is 3 feet within classroom settings.
*Prior registration is required. Please click on REGISTER below to reserve your ticket or call 814.459.8000 for assistance.
*Boxed lunches including deli sandwiches and veggie wrap will be provided and are first come first serve.
*$5 Admission cost will cover provided brown bag lunch.

Andrew Roth,Ph.D.
Scholar-in-Residence, Jefferson Educational Society

As a Scholar-in-Residence at the Jefferson Educational Society (JES), Roth is working with his colleagues to enhance the Jefferson Civic Leadership Academy by including an academically oriented research component to the program. At the JES, Roth is also doing research on and preparing presentations about “1968: The Far Side of the Moon and the Birth of the Culture Wars”, which is a component of a larger research project on “The American Story: What Binds Us Together as Americans.” Previous work at the JES has included presentations on “Xander Hamilton: From St. Kitts to Weehawken to Hip-Hop Hit: The Life of Alexander Hamilton”; “George Washington: Primus Inter Pares”; “On Leadership: Towards a Practical Theory of Leadership”; “An Unlikely Trio: Washington, Lincoln and The Jesuits”. Roth also teaches graduate level leadership courses  on “Leadership: Theory and Practice” and “Leading Change: The Leadership Challenge.” Lastly, he works with independent colleges on strategic visioning, strategic planning and enrollment management.


In 2016-17, Roth served as the Interim-President of St. Bonaventure University leading the transition from Sr. Margaret Carney to Dr. Dennis DePerro. During his brief tenure, he helped the University implement its strategic plan, created an Operational Efficiency Task Force to address systemic budget issues, fostered significant conversations on campus about the University’s identity, oversaw an increase in enrollment, approved the consolidation of student support services, initiated two campus beautification projects, and instituted Martin Luther King day as an observed holiday.

Previously, he served as president of Notre Dame College, from 2003 until his retirement in June 2014, upon which he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his leadership and was named President-Emeritus. During his presidency, Notre Dame College experienced a transformational growth that became the subject of three separate doctoral dissertations. At Notre Dame, in addition to establishing a number of intercollegiate athletic programs, Roth established a Nursing program, an Academic Support Center for students with learning differences, an Abrahamic Center to foster inter-faith dialog, a “Books That Changed the World” discussion forum, and other academic programs.


Prior to Notre Dame College, Roth served for almost thirty years at Mercyhurst University (nee College), where he was a tenured faculty member; a coach – he founded the women’s soccer team; and for over twenty years a senior administrator: Director of Admissions, VP for Enrollment, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, and Dean of the College.

Roth holds degrees from John Carroll University, Case Western Reserve University, Gannon University and the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is also engaged with various civic organizations in Cleveland and Erie. When not working on his various projects, he enjoys reading, working out, and cycling on Presque Isle.  He is married to retired banker Judy Owens Roth; they have three children and seven grandchildren.