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Batter Up: Baseball and the American Dream

  • 06:00 PM

Batter Up: Baseball and the American Dream

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with Dr. Thomas Zeiler

Thursday, May 28 at  6 p.m.

Zoom Meeting*

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 is a professor of history and Director of the Program in International Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research, which has produced fourteen books, focuses on the history of U.S. foreign relations with interests in trade and foreign economic policy, globalization, war and sports. He teaches courses in American and international history including U.S. diplomatic history from colonial times to the present, World War II, America and empire and America through baseball. He was a recipient of the Teacher Recognition Award given by the Student Organization for Alumni Relations and has been recognized for excellence in teaching for a global seminar in France, as a service-learning fellow, and by the Boulder Faculty Assembly. He has also received Fulbright fellowships to Argentina and Japan and is currently a Senior Fulbright Specialist. 
Dr. Zeiler graduated from Emory University and then received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. A former president (2012) of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), editor (2001-2014) of the journal of record of the field, Diplomatic History, and editor (2004-2013)of SHAFR’s bibliography, he also served for 12 years (2006-2018) on the Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation in the U.S. Department of State. His current research, entitled “The Capitalist Peace,” focuses on U.S. trade as a tool of diplomacy, peace, security and human rights.

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