Thursday, April 4, 2013

Baseball, Literature, Culture (rev.)

They've moved me up in the order, to 10:30 a.m.

Agenda for 18th Annual Baseball in Literature
and Culture Conference
April 5, 2013
Middle Tennessee State University
James Union Building

7:45-8:15        Registration and Breakfast

8:15-8:30        Welcome         Warren Tormey, Conference Coordinator
                                                Dr. Brad Bartel, University Provost

8:30-9:15        Keynote Address: Dr. Andrew Hazucha, Ottawa University:

                        “A Jim Bouton Retrospective:  Zen and the Politics
                        of the Knuckleball”                                        

9:20-10:20 Concurrent Sessions A

Session A1:     “Negro League Contexts”

Location: Hazlewood                                                 Chair:   

  • Stephanie Liscio, Case Western Reserve Univ.  “Battles on the Field: Umpire-Player Disagreements in Negro League Baseball in Cleveland and Their Implications”

  • Dan Anderson, Dominican Univ., “’Sensational War of Words’:  Cultural Ideals, the African-American Press, and the Formation of the Negro Leagues”

  • Brian Steverson, Knoxville TN:  “Negro League Baseball in Verse”

Session A2:     “Baseball in Historical, Poetic, and Cultural Expression”

Location:  Dining Rm. C                                            Chair: 

  • David Cicotello, Murfreesboro TN:  “New Developments in McFarland’s Historical Ballparks Series

  • Mark Sickman,  “Caught in a Run-Down:  The Perilous Position of an Online Poetry Publisher”

  • Ben Morrill, Middle Tennessee State University:  “The Baseball Hall of Fame’s Influence in the Development of Private Sports Museums and Halls of Fame”

Session A3:  “19th Century Baseball”

Location:  Faculty Senate Chambers                                    Chair:

  • Bob Barrier, Kennesaw State:  “’The Great Match’ and ‘Our Baseball Club’:  Two Early Baseball Novels”

  • Josh Howard, Middle Tennessee State University:  “Amateur Baseball in Alleghany County, VA, During the Late-Nineteenth Century”

  • Warren Tormey, Middle Tennessee State University:  “August 23rd, 1860:  The Day Baseball Fell”

10:30-11:30         Concurrent Sessions B

Session B1:  “Baseball and Locality”

Location:  Hazlewood                                                            Chair:   

  • Amanda Bales, Lincoln University:  “Why I Want The Cubs to Win the World Series”

  • Michael Pagel, Northeast State CC:  “William Heuman’s ‘Brooklyns Lose’ (1954):  Dodges Tragedy with the Goodwill of Neighbors”

  • Bill Gruber, Emory University:  “Jocks, Herbs, and the 1936 Yankees”

Session B2:  “Baseball in Film and TV”

Location:  Dining Rm. C                                            Chair: 

  • Ginger Stelle, Morthland College:  “’E.T. Steal Home’:  Baseball on Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine and The X-Files

  • Ron Briley, Sandia Prep.:  “A New Beginning for the Baseball Film Genre:   Bang the Drum Slowly (1974)”

  • Phil Oliver, Middle Tennessee State University:  “Right When They’re Wrong:  Fallible Umpires and Infallible Rules”

Session B3:  “Seeing Stars:  Baseball Heroes”

Location:  Faculty Senate Chambers            Chair:

  • Stephen Andrews, Grinnell College:  “On Leanne Howe’s Miko Kings:  An Indian Baseball Story

  • R Dean Johnson, Eastern Kentucky University:  “All-Star Treatment”

  • Gina Logue, Middle Tennessee State University:  “Hank Aaron:  My Childhood Hero” 
11:40-12:05         Concurrent Sessions C

Session C1:  “Negro League Baseball in Popular Culture”

Location:  Hazlewood                                                            Chair:

  • Will Boone, Winston-Salem State University:  “Black Babe Ruths:  Major League Baseball, Hip Hop Icons, and the Birth of the Uncool”

Session C2:  “Creative Fiction I”

Location:  Dining Rm. C                                            Chair:

  • Craig Albin, Missouri State University:  “Judgment Call”:  A Short Story

Session C3:  “Winding Up…”

Location:  Faculty Senate Chambers                                    Chair:

  • Crosby Hunt, Middle Tennessee State University:  “’If your life is drab and empty and puerile and full of Phil Rizzuto’: On Reading Ball Four Again for the Twenty- Third Time Forty-Three Years Later”

12:15-2:00 Luncheon and Jim Bouton Talk

Tennessee Room

12:00-12:45    Lunch
12:45-1:30      Jim Bouton Talk (~20 min. talk + 10 min. Q&A)

Book Signing in James Union Lobby to follow talk

2:00-3:00 Concurrent Sessions D

Session D2:  Baseball Creative Fiction II

Location:  Dining Rm. C                                            Chair: 

  • Thomas Luckie, Butler University:  “Rain Delay”

  • Steven Walker, Middle Tennessee State University:   “Civil War”

3:30-ish:  Informal Socializing @ The ‘Boro

6:00 PM:  Sun Belt Conference Baseball:  MTSU Blue Raiders vs. Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans

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