On Wednesday, September 26, Dr. Steven Wisensale, Professor of Family Studies at the University of Connecticut, will speak at the Farmington Libraries on how he uses the game of baseball as the primary teaching tool in his new and popular course, “Baseball and Society, Politics, Economics, Race, and Gender.”
Baseball serves as a mirror of American culture over time, reflecting
the nation’s strengths and weaknesses, its accomplishments and
failures. Or, in the words of Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell, “Baseball
is just a game, as simple as a ball and a bat, yet as complex as the
American spirit it symbolizes. It is a sport, a business and sometimes a
religion.” In this lecture, Professor Wisensale will share how he
uses the game of baseball to teach his students wide-ranging and
challenging lessons on the sport’s history, cultural implications, and
influence in areas ranging from race relations to public finance.
“Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn
baseball.” This quote from Jacques Barzun hits at the heart of this
fall season, where America’s attention will be fixed on the annual
baseball play-offs as well as the emotionally-charged national
Presidential election. This timely discussion is free and open to the
More information on Steven Wisensale can be obtained at his website: http://www.familystudies.uconn.edu/contact/faculty/storrs_faculty_wisensale.html.
Advance registration is required for this program. Please call
860-673-6791 for details or register through the library’s web site at http://www.farmingtonlibraries.org. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the main library at 6 Monteith Drive.
The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and
Library Association. If you have special needs to attend library
programs, contact the library in advance.