One of the foremost authorities on the Olympics will speak on the myths and politics surrounding the games Jan. 14 at West Virginia University .

John Hoberman will lecture onThe Myth of Olympic Purity: Political Games from Berlin to Beijing.The public talkwhich begins at 1 p.m. in Room 172 of the Coliseumis part of a lecture series sponsored by the International Center for Performance Excellence in WVU s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences .

Dr. Hoberman is a leading international expert on the Olympic movement,said Steven Pope, ICPE director.He has done extensive research on the intersection of sports, politics, science, public opinion and the Olympics, as well as doping in sports.

Hoberman is chair of the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin . In addition to specialties in Scandinavian studies and Norwegian literature, he is a European cultural and intellectual historian with a special interest in the history of ideas about race.

He has published almost 100 commentaries on sport in American newspapers and magazines and in the German magazine Der Spiegel.

His books includeSport and Political Ideology,The Olympic Crisis: Sport, Politics and the Moral Order,Mortal Engines: The Science of Performance and the Dehumanization of Sport,Darwins Athletes: How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of RaceandTestosterone Dreams: Rejuvenation, Aphrodisia, Doping.

Hoberman is currently working on the bookKafkas Body: Masculinity, Sport and the Jews.

For more information, contact Pope at 304-293-0880 or ” steven.pope@mail.wvu.edu rel=nofollow> steven.pope@mail.wvu.edu .