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Filmmaker will speak, play soccer at Augustana

April  03, 2012

Filmmaker, author and soccer enthusiast Gwendolyn Oxenham will speak at Augustana College on April 12, at 10:30 a.m., at Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.). Oxenham will share details of her travels around the world, what she learned about the global culture of soccer and her experience in making the documentary Pelada.

Pelada features the documentary’s producers Oxenham and Luke Boughen, both former Division I soccer players. In the documentary, Boughen and Oxenham play with Bolivian prisoners, moonshine brewers in Kenya, and people in the 25 countries they visited. Pedala shows how one game can create a universal bond. Oxenham said, “[Soccer is] such a connective force. The ability to kick a ball can create such an intimacy and feeling of community. ”

While studying English and documentary studies at Duke University, Oxenham was the youngest Division I athlete in NCAA history at the age of 16. She was a team captain, made two All-ACC teams, led Duke in assists, and was named Most Inspirational Player. She received her master’s in creative writing at the University of Notre Dame, where she won the 2006 Nicholas Sparks Prize, and her first book, Finding the Game, is due out in June 2012.

Oxenham’s movie Pelada will be shown April 10, at 7:30 p.m., in the F.W. Olin Center of Educational Technology (733 35th St.).

In addition, Oxenham will play two soccer games while visiting Augustana. The first match will take place April 12, at 7 p.m. at Erickson Field (3500 5th Ave.) with the college’s club soccer teams. The second match will be on April 13, at 3:30 p.m., with Augustana’s international students, faculty and staff at Thorsen-Lucken Field (30th street and 12th Ave.).

All of the events are free and open to the public.

Keri Rursch
Director of Public Relations
(309) 794-7721
kerirursch@augustana.edu