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Billions of people tune into the Olympics to watch the greatest athletes from around the world compete in many different sports. But beyond the spectacle of the Olympic Games themselves, mega events like the Olympics have a far greater cultural, societal and economic impact lasting well beyond the short-term event itself.

Mark Wilson, a professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the Michigan State University School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) and the director of SPDC Global, Dr. Eva Kassens-Noor, assistant professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Global Urban Studies, and Lisa Robinson, head of metadata management for MSU Libraries, will explore those deeper impacts during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi with a free five-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled, Mega Events: Inside the Winter Olympics.

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