Week 1: Introduction

August 23 (Thursday)

READINGS:

  • Syllabus

Week 2: Thinking about Sport History

August 28 (Tuesday)

READINGS:

  • 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)

READINGS:

  • 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)

READINGS:

  • 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/)

  • S.W. Pope, Patriotic Games, Introduction, Chapter 1.

September 6 (Thursday)

READINGS:

  • 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)

READINGS:

  • S.W. Pope, Patriotic Games, Chapters
  • “Editorial,” Our Animal Friends

September 13 (Thursday)

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Week 5: Carlisle vs. Army

September 18 (Tuesday)

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September 20 (Thursday)

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Week 6: Towards the Modern NCAA

September 25 (Tuesday)

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September 27 (Thursday)

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Week 7: A Changing Landscape

October 2 (Tuesday)

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October 4 (Thursday)

FALL BREAK!!!


Week 8: Race and College Sport

October 9 (Tuesday)

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October 11 (Thursday)

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Week 9: Gender and College Sport

October 16 (Tuesday)

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October 18 (Thursday)

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Week 10: The Business of Amateurism

October 23 (Tuesday)

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October 25 (Thursday)

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Week 11: Media

October 30 (Tuesday)

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November 1 (Thursday)

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Week 12:

November 6 (Tuesday)

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November 8 (Thursday)

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Week 13:

November 13 (Tuesday)

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November 15 (Thursday)

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Week 14:

November 20 (Tuesday)

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November 22 (Thursday)

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None! Have a great Thanksgiving!


Week 15:

November 27 (Tuesday)

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November 29 (Thursday)

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Week 16:

December 4 (Tuesday)

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