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About Oliver Lee Bateman

Good Men Project contributing editor Oliver Lee Bateman is a columnist for Al-Jazeera America and one of the founders of the Moustache Club of America and Penny & Farthing, two blogzines specializing in flash fiction and creative nonfiction that he co-curates with web developer Erik Hinton, medical consultant Nathan Zimmerman, and freelance writers Christie Chapman and J. R. Powell. He is a lawyer as well as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. Follow him on Twitter @MoustacheClubUS or on Google+. Oliver's Spring 2014 US History From the Civil War to the Present course is being live-streamed by UTA. You can access these lectures by clicking here.


  1. [...] For more on professional football, CPE, and NFL suicides, read Oliver Lee Bateman’s interview … [...]

  2. [...] our Sports editor Oliver Lee Bateman and our resident college student/sports-lover Kaleb (who called the deaths of NFL players slow [...]

  3. [...] Professor Michael Oriard of Oregon State discussed the future of college football in a recent interview with the Good Men Project: [...]

  4. [...] are now the norm–and why, to be honest, would a grown man want to play for anyone else?  Sport even at the collegiate level is a semi-professional endeavor, and the participants are all above the age of consent (though not, it must be noted, beyond the [...]

  5. [...] which requires the maintenance of professional-sized operating budgets in spite of the fact that the players are neither appropriately compensated nor allowed to major in the sports they’re playing3, is a meritocracy in the same way that the [...]

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