Baseball & American Society

This seminar will focus on the prominent role the national pastime has played in American society. Through an interdisciplinary approach, we will explore how the history of baseball, writings about baseball, and the playing of the national pastime reflect and shape American values, social conflicts and identity. Additionally, we will look at how the game has touched each one of us, whether we think it has or not. Baseball will be the lens through which we examine history, class, race, assimilation, labor, language, scandal, fashion, the changing notion of "hero," and more.