Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture Makes a Returns to Ottawa University on April 6

Ottawa, Kan.For the third consecutive year, the Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture returns to Ottawa University on April 6. Registration is now open for the 23rd Annual conference at 8 a.m., in the Schendel Conference Center in Gangwish Library. This one-day event features two nationally recognized keynote speakers in addition to new panel presentations from authors and academics from across the country.

Acclaimed essayist, author and editor Dr. Gerald Early will serve as the morning session keynote speaker. Early has served as a commentator for NPR and as a consultant for several documentaries with Ken Burns, including his hit film Baseball. He is currently the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters and a professor of English and of African and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Early writes on a diverse array of topics including baseball, jazz, Motown, Muhammad Ali, and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Former Major League outfielder and ESPN analyst Doug Glanville will give the afternoon keynote address. During his eight-year career in Major League Baseball, he spent time with the Chicago Cubs (1996-1997, 2003), Philadelphia Phillies (1998-2002, 2004) and Texas Rangers (2003). Glanville has written articles for the New York Times and and is currently a consultant with Baseball Factory, a high school player development program. In 2010, he authored the book “The Game From Where I Stand”, which talks about how players prepare for games, deal with race and family issues, cope with streaks and slumps, and more from an insider’s point of view.

Organizers of the conference are currently soliciting 1-2 page proposals for presentations to be given at the conference. Presenters will have 15 minutes in panels comprised of three or four participants and proposals should summarize the talk as clearly as possible. The conference theme defines “culture” loosely – in addition to baseball literature, topics could include but are not limited to the following:
  • Aspects of baseball history
  • Baseball memoirs and biographies
  • Baseball in foreign or non-US cultures
  • Baseball in painting, music, film, or the other arts
  • Baseball material culture (e.g., players’ equipment, fans’ scorecards, features of baseball stadiums, pine tar, chewing tobacco)
  • Readings of creative works (fiction, non-fiction essays, poems, plays)
All proposals should make clear how baseball relates to some aspect of local, ethnic, regional, national or international culture. Proposals by graduate students are welcomed; statistical analyses of teams and players are not wanted.

Those interested in submitting a proposal can send them to Dr. Andy Hazucha, professor of English at Ottawa University, at Include on the proposal name, address, phone number, school affiliation (if applicable), and e-mail address.

Registration is $80 for all day access to the conference or $20 for the Doug Glanville presentation. Both registration options include lunch. Please visit to sign up for the conference.
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