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Prof. Pfitzer To Deliver Moseley Lecture

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Don't you just wanna go out in the backyard and have a nice catch with this man?

Don’t you just wanna go out in the backyard and have a nice, quality, Americana catch with this man?

Skidmore’s annual Moseley Lecture is the highest honor a professor can be bestowed by his colleagues. This year’s lecturer is American Studies professor and all around really fucking kind and thoughtful human being, Gregory Pfitzer. The title of his lecture is “The Unpopularity of Popular History’: A Scholar’s Pursuit of Non-Scholarly Things” and it will take place in Gannett Auditorium tomorrow, February 26th at 8pm.

Here’s the description a la Beau Breslin:

What is “popular history” and how does it differ from the kind of history pursued typically in academic institutions? This lecture distinguishes between popular history (vernacular approaches to the past offered by journalists, fiction writers, pictorial artists and untrained public figures) and professional history (as written and practiced by trained academicians employed by colleges and universities). It focuses on the efforts of popularizers to expand the scope and cultural relevance of historical studies and on the criticisms they received from scholars for trying to do so. Professor Pfitzer considers how popular history influenced public discourse and behavior in the United States during the nineteenth century, concentrating on the ways in which collaborative interactions among publishers, writers and illustrators of non-scholarly, popular books influenced the emergence of an American historical imagination.

 

Major League Baseball and Race

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Fun with Keith

As a Mets fan living with a bunch of Red Sox fans, watching baseball this September has been nothing short of soul-crushing. But for those of you who still believe in the magic of America’s pastime, tomorrow’s Speaker’s Bureau event will probably be of interest.

Lisa Doris Alexander, professor of Africana Studies at Wayne State University, will deliver a lecture titled “The State of Race and Ethnicity in Major League Baseball: A View from the Cheap Seats.” Alexander has written extensively on the subject of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality in sports, focusing on how the sportswriting establishment presents these issues.

According to McFarland Publishers’ release information on her upcoming book, When Baseball Isn’t White, Straight and Male: The Media and Difference in the National Pastime, Alexander:

“Analyzes how sportswriters discuss issues of race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual identity, age, and class within professional baseball from 1998 to the present. Each chapter looks at the media representations of a specific controversy including the 1998 home-run chase, Alex Rodriguez’s historic contract singing, Barry Bond’s home-run chases, Mike Piazza’s “I am not gay” press conference, Effa Manley’s Hall of Fame induction, the celebration of Jackie Robinson Day, as well as the various incidents involving performance-enhancing drugs.”

Not covered: Bryce Harper being an incorrigible dickhead.

Tuesday, September 18 in Davis Auditorium @ 5:30pm

(via Speaker’s Bureau)

(Dis)Orderly Voice Festival This Weekend

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The American Studies class AM376-Disorderly Women brings us the (Dis)Orderly Voices Festival this weekend.

On Friday night at 9pm The Screaming Females will be playing The Spa w/ Skidmore’s own Twins (fbook) and on Saturday there is a Children’s Arts Workshop at 1pm in the Spa, a screenings of the student documentary, Speak Out, Listen Up! (focusing on identity in the Skidmore community) at 2:30pm in Gannett and a performance by spoken word poet Andrea Gibson at 6pm (fbook). But I guess you could have figured all that out from the poster.

Lecture: Cultural Legacies of the Industrial City

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Carlo Rotella will be on campus this Tuesday giving a lecture entitled “The Rust Belt Canon: Cultural Legacies of the Industrial City” at 6pm in Davis. Rotella, an English professor and Director of the American Studies Dept. at Boston College, is academically decorated and has written extensively on the American industrial city.

Rotella’s lecture will draw upon music, literature, and film to show how the industrial city survives in American culture. Long after the era when manufacturing was of primary importance in determining theform and function of great American cities, echoes and byproducts of that era still circulate in both explicit and subsurface ways in our culture, carrying powerful charges of meaning rooted in industrial-era conceptions of work, play, gender, race, and other matters of import.