Baseball: An Interdisciplinary Summer Institute

In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox), CGS’s Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning is offering a weekend of interdisciplinary lectures, discussions, and field trips focused on America’s favorite pastime—baseball. Four CGS faculty members will offer their views on the sport:

  • Tom Whalen will present a lecture on Red Sox history, based on his book, When the Red Sox Ruled: Baseball’s First Dynasty, 1912–1918.
  • Andy Andres, MLB.com datacaster at Fenway Park, will offer a lecture, “The Science of Baseball: A Discussion of Statistics, Sabermetrics, Physics, and Biology.”
  • Joshua Pederson, coauthor of Making the Stage: Essays on the Changing Concept of Theatre, Drama, and Performance, will speak on “The True Church Universal: Baseball as the American Religion.”
  • Christopher Fahy, coeditor of Framing Films, will host a screening of the film The Natural and will lead a discussion on baseball and myth.

Institute participants can attend a Red Sox game at Fenway Park or watch the game at a local pub with CGS’s resident statistician. They will also tour BU’s own Nickerson Field, former home of the Boston Braves, site of the Red Sox World Series games in 1915 and 1916, and inaugural playing field of the Boston Redskins (now Washington Redskins).

The institute is planned for July 20–22, 2012, and is open to the general public. CGS alumni are particularly encouraged to attend. Visit the center’s website for registration information and more details.

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