Week 1: Introduction
August 23 (Thursday)
Week 2: Thinking about Sport History
August 28 (Tuesday) – Ritual and Spectacle
Clifford Geertz, “Deep play: Notes on the Balinese cockfight,” Daedalus 134.4 (Fall 2005): 56-86.
Roland Barthes, “The World of Wrestling,” Mythologies (New York: Hill and Wang, 1972).
August 30 (Thursday) – From Game to Sport
- Allen Guttmann, “Play, Games, Contests, Sports” and “From Ritual to Record,” in From Ritual to Record: The Nature of Modern Sports (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004).
Week 3: Early College Sports and Amateurism
September 4 (Tuesday) – Postwar Sporting Culture
Amanda Brickell Bellows, “How the Civil War Created College Football,” New York Times, 1 Jan. 2015. (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/01/how-the-civil-war-created-college-football/) – write a précis on this one!!
S.W. Pope, Patriotic Games, Introduction, Part I.
September 6 (Thursday) – Institutionalizing College Sport
- John Higham, “The Reorientation of American Culture in the 1890s,” Hanging Together: Unity and Diversity in American Culture. Edited by Carl J. Guarneri. (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 2001).
Week 4: From Scandal to Crisis
September 11 (Tuesday) – Fin de Siècle Scandals
- S.W. Pope, Patriotic Games, Chapters 3 and 5. Memo on Chapter 5.
September 13 (Thursday) – Saving Football from Itself
- “Editorial,” Our Animal Friends, 1906. Précis
- S.W. Pope, Patriotic Games, Chapter 7.
Week 5: Carlisle vs. Army
September 18 (Tuesday) – Book Discussion
- Carlisle vs. Army
September 20 (Thursday) – 1920s and 1930s
REACTION PAPER 1 DUE
Week 6: Towards the Modern NCAA
September 25 (Tuesday) – A New University
- Gregory Kaliss, Men’s College Athletics and the Politics of Racial Equality, pp 41-73. Memo
September 27 (Thursday) – Reform in the 1940s
- Ronald L. Smith, Pay for Play, pp. 88-99.
Week 7: A Changing Landscape
October 2 (Tuesday) – Welcome to the Big Time
- Taylor Branch, “How the Myth of the Student-Athlete was Born.” Précis.
October 4 (Thursday) – Not a thing.
October 9 (Tuesday) – Race and the 1950s and 1960s
- Kaliss, pp. 74-137. Memo.
October 11 (Thursday) – The New Plantation?
- Billy Hawkins, The New Plantation: Black Athletes, college Sports, and Predominantly White NCAA Institutions, Chapters 2 and 4.
Week 9: Gender and College Sport
October 16 (Tuesday) – The Challenge of Title IX
- Title XIX document set.
October 18 (Thursday) – Equity in Sport
Smith, Pay for Play, 141-150. Memo.
Don Sabo and Janie Victoria Ward, “Wherefore Art Thou Feminisms? Feminist Activist, Academic Feminisms, and Women’s Sports Advocacy,” Scholar and Feminist Online 4(2006) (http://sfonline.barnard.edu/sport/sabo_ward_01.htm)
Week 10: The Business of Amateurism I
October 23 (Tuesday) – Discussion of A Payroll to Meet
- Finish A Payroll to Meet
October 25 (Thursday) – The Knight Commission
REACTION PAPER 2 DUE.
Week 11: The Business of Amateurism II
October 30 (Tuesday) – Media and College Sport
Watch in-class The Business of Amateurs
November 1 (Thursday) – Pay to Play
- George Dohrmann, “Pay for Play,” Sports Illustrated, 7 nov 2011.
Week 12: No Class – Group Meetings and Research
I will be in London at a conference.
November 6 (Tuesday)
November 8 (Thursday)
Week 13: Health, Sex, Safety
November 13 (Tuesday) –
“Women’s Hockey Grows Bigger, Faster, and Dire,” 18 December 2015, New York Times
HBO Real Sports, “Post-college medical care”
November 15 (Thursday) –
Week 14: Group Work
November 20 (Tuesday)
Group meetings with Dr. Black.
November 22 (Thursday) – Thanksgiving
None! Have a great Thanksgiving!