2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

The Rio 2016 Olympics and the Mega-Event Machine

Friday, March 11
3:45PM - 4:45PM

Four Seasons
San Jacinto
98 San Jacinto Blvd

The Olympic Games have swelled into the world’s biggest sports event. But beneath the glittery surface of superstar athletes and their remarkable accomplishments sit some unnerving facts and trends. This panel takes a hard, honest look at the Olympic underbelly: public debt, social displacement, the suppression of dissent, and the militarization of public space. Speakers will focus on the Rio Summer Olympics, slated for August 2016.

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Ben Carrington at SXSW

Ben Carrington


The University of Texas at Austin

Professor Ben Carrington is an internationally renowned British academic who teaches sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is widely regarded as one the world's leading scholars on the...

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Janice Forsyth at SXSW

Janice Forsyth

Assoc Professor

Western University

Janice Forsyth is the past Director of the International Centre for Olympic Studies (ICOS) at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. She was at the helm of this independent, internationally...

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Jules Boykoff at SXSW

Jules Boykoff


Pacific University

Jules Boykoff is the author of "Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics" (Verso 2016), "Activism and the Olympics: Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London" (Rutgers University Press 2...

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Michelle Moore at SXSW

Michelle Moore

Company Dir

Moore Development Ltd

Michelle Moore is a former athlete and now a consultant specialising in sport, inclusion and education. She works with national governing bodies of sport, charities, sport for development, corporat...

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