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As Chicagoans hunker down and miss the Cubs and White Sox during the COVID-19 Pandemic, people often assume that professional baseball has always been a permanent feature of American life. But it hasn’t: during World War I and the influenza pandemic that followed hard on its heels, baseball became a flashpoint for political conflict and public health concerns. This seminar will examine this history and connect it with our current circumstances.
One session. Registration – $30
Bill Savage has been teaching courses on baseball history, literature, and film at Northwestern University and the Newberry Library for over 20 years. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research, he wrote about the Cubs for ESPN in 2016 and believes that Cubs and Sox fans should get along better.
This seminar is part of a special series examining humanities contexts for pandemics past and present. Explore the other seminars in the series, including The Philosophy of Anxiety, Familiar Strains, Chords, and Dischords: Musical Echoes from the 1918 Pandemic, Utopias, and Arts of Dying: The Visual Culture of the Black Death in Medieval Europe.
There are no required materials for this seminar.
There is no reading assignment for this seminar.
Online registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, June 3.
Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.
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