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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: April 7, 2000

CSUS Outstanding Scholar Takes Sports and Sex Seriously

The great American male of the nation's sports pages is violent, sexist, homophobic and controlling according to Nick Trujillo, communication studies professor at California State University, Sacramento, who has been chosen as the recipient of the University's 1999-00 Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award.

Trujillo will receive the award and deliver his lecture at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, in the University Union Hinde Auditorium. Afterward, CSUS President Donald R. Gerth will host a reception in the University Union Lobby Suite.

In his lecture, "Taking Sports and Sex Seriously," Trujillo will critically examine images of masculinity in media coverage of American sports, especially aggressive sports like professional wrestling and football. "In their coverage of these sports, sports writers and sportscasters reinforce 'hegemonic masculinity,' a stereotypic sense of masculinity that emphasizes violence, control and competitiveness along with the subordination of women and marginalization of gay men," Trujillo says.

The Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award is given each year to a CSUS faculty member who has, over many years, made significant contributions to a discipline through scholarly activity, creative or artistic endeavors, research and publication. Trujillo will be the 39th recipient of the award given by the Faculty Senate.

Trujillo has been on the faculty at CSUS since 1990 and has written two books, The Meaning of Nolan Ryan and Organizational Life on Television. He has prepared ten book chapters and had 21 articles appear in refereed scholarly journals. He has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Monographs, the Journal of Sport and Social Issues and the Western Journal of Communication.

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