Amy Perko, the executive director of the Knight Commission, will be in Lawrence next week for a dialogue on intercollegiate athletics and higher education.
The Knight Commission, established in 1989, was formed to ensure intercollegiate athletics programs operate within the educational mission of their colleges and universities.
Perko, a former associate athletic director at KU, will present “Entertainment or Education: What Values Are Driving Collegiate Sports?” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union.
Later that day, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Dole Institute of Politics, she will present “Restoring the Balance: Dollars, Values and the Future of College Sports.”
Both events are free and open to the public.
Also, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday a panel discussion, “Intercollegiate Athletics and Higher Education at KU — Are They Compatible?” is scheduled at Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave.
Panelists include Del Shankel, KU chancellor emeritus; David Katzman, professor emeritus of American studies; and Norm Yetman, professor emeritus of sociology and American studies. Thad Holcombe, ECM campus minister, will moderate the forum.