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Batter Up: Baseball and the American Dream

Event Date Thu May 28, 2020
Event Time 6 PM - 7 PM
Zoom Webinar

American poet Walt Whitman once said, “I see great things in baseball.  It’s our game, the American game.” By exploring society and culture – and specifically race and gender – this lecture will test the validity of that quote. How does baseball reflect America, its history and the present and future? And like the United States, does baseball provide opportunity, justice and progress – or the opposite?

Join Tom Zeiler as he discusses, “the great American game” even as our stadiums remain empty, echoing the cheers of games gone by. But even without a single pitch being throw, this discussion will explore the notion that baseball is more than a game or sport: It is a reflection of American history and of life itself.


Thomas W. Zeiler

Thomas W. Zeiler

Director of the Program in International Affairs

University of Colorado, Boulder