Mega Events: Inside the 2014 Winter Olympics

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The SPDC Mega Event Planning Group and MSUglobal are pleased to offer a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the 2014 Winter Olympics. On the surface, the public spectacle of the Olympics is compelling, but going inside the games reveals so much more about the event, the athletes and the host city. The MOOC will explore the many dimensions of mega-events—history, culture, politics, business, law, sports management, health, and economics—and provide the tools and language to interpret and understand the 2014 Winter Olympics. Join the SPDC, and fans around the world, for a month of Olympic spectacle. 

The course takes place online January 27-March 1, 2014. It will provide video lectures and provide opportunities for interaction with the instructors and other students. The course will make use of discussion forums and offer external social networking participation or elements.

The course will be taught by Dr. Mark Wilson, a Professor in the SPDC Urban & Regional Planning (URP) Program and Director of SPDC Global; Dr. Eva Kassens-Noor, Assistant Professor for the SPDC URP and the MSU Global Urban Studies Program; and Lisa Robinson, head of metadata management for MSU Libraries.

How to Register

This course is free and open to the public. Registration is available online through the Canvas Network.

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Interactive Live Viewing of Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony: Friday, February 7, 2014

Time: 10am-2pm

Location: McDonel Hall, Kiva (Room C107), 817 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48825

Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony FlyerOn Friday, February 7, 2014, the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) and the Eli Broad College of Business welcome the Michigan State community to join them on campus for an interactive live viewing of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. This free event is open to the public and takes place at McDonel Hall in the Kiva (Room C107) on the campus of MSU in East Lansing.

The Opening Ceremony Live Viewing event starts at 10am on Friday, February 7, and includes presentations by:

  • Joseph Potchen, JD, Visiting Assistant Professor, on Legal Issues of the Olympics;
  • Dr. Eva Kassens-Noor on Planning and Logistics of the Olympics;
  • Lisa Robinson on Identity and Gender at the Sochi Olympics; and
  • Dr. Mark Wilson on the History of Opening Ceremonies. 

From 11am-2pm, the Opening Ceremony will be viewed live from the CBC. During this time, attendees are invited to use social media to offer insights and views on the unfolding events. Tweet to #MSUSOCHI or MEPupdates and/or post to Facebook via the Mega Event Planning Group or the discussion forums of the online course. The MOOC includes participants from all over the world, so the MSU professors hope for a wide range of views on this live event. 

For those that are interested and/or are unable to attend this live event, at 7:30pm that same night, viewers will have an opportunity to use social media to share their experience for the delayed U.S. broadcast of the Opening Ceremony by NBC.

For questions about this event, please contact Dr. Mark Wilson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Dr. Eva Kassens-Noor at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For more information, download the event flyer.