Marshall Distinguished Lecture Series

David Walsh image2013 Marshall Lecture

Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong

David Walsh
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, 7 p.m.
Memorial Union
, Ventana Ballroom, ASU Tempe campus


Special session: 3:30-4:30 p.m. for students only. Please bring your university/college ID to attend this exclusive one-on-one session. Moderated by Jason Robert, director of ASU's Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. This special session will be held in the Heritage Room of ASU's University Club. 

David Walsh is an Irish sports journalist and chief sports writer of the British newspaper The Sunday Times. A four-time Irish Sportswriter of the Year and a three-time U.K. Sportswriter of the Year, Walsh began the story about doping in professional cycling shortly after moving to England in 1998. In 2012, Lance Armstrong was exposed as one of the greatest cheats in the history of sport, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, banished from his sport and given a life ban from all sports. Thirteen years before, in 1999, as a journalist on Armstrong’s first Tour de France win, Walsh sensed he was doping and advised readers of The Sunday Times to ask obvious questions before celebrating Armstrong’s victory. He was vilified by readers. That moment began his pursuit of the truth about Lance Armstrong.

Join Mr. Walsh as he talks about how Lance Armstrong got away with his deceit for so long. Why journalism didn’t prove more resilient and get to the truth more quickly. Why the authorities were complicit and why the public is duped by people who organize, administer, broadcast and report professional sports.

Walsh co-authored L.A. Confidential, les secrets de Lance Armstrong; he wrote From Lance to Landis, The Inside Story of the American Doping Controversy at the Tour de France; and, in 2012, he authored Seven Deadly Sins, My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong.

This event will moderated by ASU's Dean of Humanities George Justice and will be held in the Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom, on the ASU Tempe campus. Visitor parking is available in the Apache Blvd Parking Structure. There are no tickets for the event and no RSVP is required. Seating is limited and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. If you have any additional questions, please call 480-965-6397.

The Jonathan and Maxine Marshall Distinguished Lecture Series brings to ASU nationally known scholars concerned with promoting culture through the humanities and a better understanding of the problems of democracy. This annual free public lecture is funded with a gift from Jonathan and Maxine Marshall. 

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