Chestertown, MD, March 28, 2002 — The Washington College Department of Physical Education and the Campus Events and Visitors Committee present "CRISIS OR TRIUMPH: THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN THE 21ST CENTURY," a lecture by Dr. John A. Lucas, Professor Emeritus at Penn State University, on Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Casey Academic Center Forum.
Dr. Lucas is a retired professor of kinesiology and has been a long-distance runner since high school. His academic background includes degrees in sport science, sport history and American and European history. A finalist in the 1952 U. S. Olympic trials (10,000 meter), Dr. Lucas has dedicated his life to Olympic ideals and written three books on the history of the modern Olympic games, the most recent being "The Future of the Olympic Games" (1992). His love of the games has compelled him to attend all summer Olympic Games since 1960.
In 1993, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized Dr. Lucas as Official Olympic Lecturer. He specializes in the historical, philosophical, ideological, financial, and political issues and contexts that have surrounded the Olympics; and he has shared his experiences, anecdotes, and viewpoints on the Games with thousands of people across the nation. In recognition of his service and support of Olympic ideals, he was awarded the Olympic Order Gold Medal by the IOC in 1996. Dr. Lucas resides in State College, PA.