9:30 am to 12:30 pm
In recent decades, many scholars have written about the role of sports in history. The role of sport in foreign policy, race, religion, gender, and class have been explored in some detail now. How do sports help define masculinity and femininity? How and why have our perceptions of race changed with first the segregation and then the integration of sports? Are sports a social ladder up to success? What has been the role of Christianity in American sports? How and why did sports become so intimately tied to our relations with other nations? We’ll discuss some of the insights of this scholarship, and how it might find its way into the classroom. Our emphasis will be on U.S. history, but many of the questions raised could apply to other nations and regions.