A Goal of Tolerance

Players celebrate a soccer victory with a trophy
World Cup 2022 is the first to be held in the Middle East

November 09, 2022
Gonzaga University News Service
Gonzaga University’s Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management announces a symposium to bring attention to the International Day for Tolerance and how it relates to the significance of the upcoming 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup.

The 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup is scheduled to take place in Qatar from Nov. 20-Dec. 18 and marks the first World Cup ever held in the Middle East. This symposium will examine the implications of staging “the world’s greatest sporting event” on the social, political, and economic development of Qatar as well as on regional and global affairs.

“We are thrilled to kick off the 2022 Qatar World Cup with scholars and students from fellow Inland Northwest universities,” said Gonzaga’s Ryan Turcott, the symposium host and a Kinesiology and Sport Management professor. “This is the biggest sporting event in the world and a great opportunity to engage the Pacific Northwest with the global game from a multidisciplinary approach to studying sport, society, management, and tolerance.”

The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance day on Nov. 16 declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. Presenters will examine the opportunities and controversies of the 2022 Qatar World Cup including, but not limited to: migrant worker conditions, the rights of fans in the LGBT community because of the illegality of homosexuality in Qatar, the suspension of the Russian national team, naturalized athletes, Middle East diplomacy and the legacy of the mega-event.

“While Spokane is known as a basketball town, there are plenty of people who love soccer and will be following the 2022 World Cup game by game through November and December,” Turcott said. “The symposium is a chance to examine and discuss the opportunities, challenges, and legacies of the first World Cup ever held in a Middle Eastern country.”

Following the in-person presentations, the panel will open for a discussion and a Q&A with the audience. Students from Gonzaga, EWU, WSU, Idaho, Whitworth, and SCC are invited to attend. Space is limited.

Presenters and Panel

Bill Smith, Ph.D., University of Idaho, International Studies Department, Director of the Martin Institute
Emma Ariyo, Ph.D., Washington State University, Department of Sport Management
Naghme Morlock, Ph.D., Gonzaga University, Department of Sociology & Criminology

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022 (International Day of Tolerance is Nov 16)
Location: Gonzaga University, Hemmingson Auditorium
Time: 5:45-7:00 p.m.
RSVP: there is no cost to attend, however space is limited.