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Steve Hardy’s son Nate—a Navy SEAL—was killed in action in 2008. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Annual trips to visit Nate and other SEALs spurred Steve’s interest in the history and meaning of this hallowed ground. Since 2014, he has given a version of this slideshow/talk to eleven different school groups prior to spring trips to Washington D.C. and ANC. It explores the cemetery’s place in America’s complex journey as a nation. It also challenges viewers to ponder their own values through the lives of those, including Nate, who are buried there.

 

Steve retired in 2014 as Professor of Kinesiology and Affiliate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, where he won awards for excellence in research and teaching. Before UNH, he taught sport management and sport studies courses at the University of Washington, Robert Morris University, and Carnegie Mellon University. His publications include How Boston Played (2005), Sport Marketing (2014),

Hockey: A Global History (2018), and numerous book chapters, articles, and reviews. He and his wife Donna raised three wonderful boys: Josh, Ben, and Nate.