– A limited number of tickets remain for the 23rd
Annual Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture, which returns to Ottawa University on April 6. This one-day event, which takes place in the Schendel Conference Center in Gangwish Library on campus, features former MLB star Doug Glanville and acclaimed essayist and author Dr. Gerald Early.
New to this year’s conference is a special panel discussion on the “State of the Game: A Conversation about Baseball’s Past and Future.” Panelists include Early, noted historian and statistician Bill James and KSHB-TV Kansas City sports reporter Dee Jackson. The discussion will be moderated by Greg Echlin of Kansas Public Radio and KCUR-FM.
Baseball scholars, journalists and enthusiasts from across the country will participate in panel discussions covering a diverse array of topics, including:
- Baseball in Popular Culture
- Baseball History
- Baseball in Philosophy, Psychology and Politics
- Baseball and the Big Apple
- Baseball Players’ Lives, Deaths and Rebirths
- Baseball Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Pedagogy
- Baseball Writers and Songsters
- Baseball in Children’s Literature and Little League
Early will serve as the morning session keynote speaker and Glanville will give the afternoon keynote address. 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.
During his eight-year career in Major League Baseball, Glanville spent time with the Chicago Cubs (1996-1997, 2003), Philadelphia Phillies (1998-2002, 2004) and Texas Rangers (2003). He has written articles for the New York Times and ESPN.com 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”, 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.
Registration is $80 for all day access to the conference or $20 for the Doug Glanville presentation. Both registration options include lunch. Please visit www.ottawa.edu/baseballconference/home
to sign up for the conference.
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Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity within a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving 4,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; Jeffersonville, Ind.; as well as online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu.