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Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture Returns to Ottawa University

Ottawa, Kan. – Registration is now open for the 22nd Annual Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture, which will be held at Ottawa University on Friday, March 31, 2017, at 8 a.m., in the Schendel Conference Center in Gangwish Library. After a successful 2016 conference, the one-day event returns to OU with new panel presentations and two exciting keynote speakers.

New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Eig will present the morning keynote address. Eig has written four books, including “Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig”, the definitive account of the life and tragic death of the baseball legend and “Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season”, an account of the most important season in baseball history, 1947. In addition, he is currently working on a biography of Muhammad Ali.

Former Major League outfielder Jay Johnstone is widely regarded as one of baseball’s most creative thinkers and craftiest pranksters. His career, which spanned 19 years, included two World Series championships and stops with the Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. He has written three books about his experience in professional baseball: “Temporary Insanity”, “Over the Edge” and “Some of My Best Friends are Crazy.” Johnstone will give the luncheon keynote address at the conference.

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, Real and Imagined
  • Baseball Rituals, Ritual Makers and Ritual Breakers
  • Baseball Players’ Other Lives
  • Baseball in Philosophy, Psychology and Symbology
  • Baseball in Experimental Poetry
  • Baseball Creative Non-Fiction
  • Baseball Fiction, Poetry and Twitter
  • Baseball in Fiction and Poetry

Registration is $80 for all day access to the conference or $20 for the Jay Johnstone keynote address. Both registration options include lunch. Please visit www.ottawa.edu/baseball-conference/home to sign up for the conference.