Hardwood Meditations: Basketball & Philosophy | Newberry

Hardwood Meditations: Basketball & Philosophy

Led by Harrison Sherrod. One session. 6 - 7:30 pm.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Tuesday, November 17 - November 17

6 - 7:30pm

Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

As a precaution to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars Program’s Fall 2020 term will continue to be held virtually. Virtual seminars meet via Zoom video conference and use email and Google Drive folders to share resources and communicate with instructors and participants. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars and these tools, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please feel free to reach out to seminars@newberry.org.

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Seminar Description

This single-day seminar will explore basketball through the lens of philosophy. From a scholarly perspective, sports are often treated as frivolous or unthinking, firmly rooted in the lowly realm of practice as opposed to high-minded theory. Scholars and basketball enthusiasts alike might be surprised to learn that there is a wealth of captivating writing and research connecting basketball and philosophical concepts like metaphysics, game theory, Zen Buddhism, ontology, and Marxism.

One session. Registration – $40

Harrison Sherrod manages a film production company by day and teaches seminars at the Newberry by night. He has led courses on everything from metaphysical detectives and con games to Star Wars and Marxism.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • Please read all of the materials provided electronically by the instructor.

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CDT) on Tuesday, September 1st.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.