PULLMAN, Wash. — A public brown-bag lunch forum on the cult of celebrity in college sports is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, March 24, at Cleveland Hall room 160A on the Washington State University Pullman campus.  The forum, entitled “March Madness,” is sponsored by the WSU graduate program in higher education, said Kelly Ward, assistant professor and program director.

Panel members will discuss how media create and perpetuate celebrity athletics on university campuses and how this celebrity culture is trickling into K-12 education and impacting identity formation in children.

Members of the panel include Eric Anctil, Jennifer Beller and Robert Rinehart, all faculty members in the WSU College of Education.

The public is invited to attend and bring their own lunch.  Dessert will be provided.