Wednesday Lunch Hour - Finding America Again: Minor League Baseball Trips as Education

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Noon - 12:50 pm
Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase 215 “Every road is an adventure. Your education is waiting for you on every trip you take.” Steve Wall
To Become a Human Being: The Message of Tadodaho Chief Leon Shenandoh (2001)
Baseball threads its way through all of America, tying together small towns, large cities and all the suburbs in-between. Following that thread leads to a catalog of experiences with a breadth of history, culture and people not ordinarily encountered through the average family vacation. Such travels can be the educational opportunities that many of us hope to have, for both ourselves and our families.
 
For 21 years, we have traveled to 38 states and provinces to see 167 minor league parks, in our ongoing quest to visit every minor league baseball park. During those travels we have seen the good, the bad and the ugly of what American culture has to offer. And we can say that, indeed, every road has been an educational adventure. For instance, baseball has led us to many of the battlefields of the Civil War (e.g., Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg); to famous geographic sites (e.g., Mt. St. Helen’s, the Smokey Mountains, Death Valley); to small towns that are struggling to stay alive (e.g., Happy, TX; Beloit, WI; Factoryville, PA); and to places we never imagined finding ourselves (e.g., the back roads of the deep, deep South). Each of these places has taught us about the history, geography, sociology and psychology of our country. One thing has stood out to us: American culture is, yes, diverse, but at the same time, very much the same.
 
Through our baseball travels, we certainly have encountered things both foreign and familiar to us and have wanted to understand our place in relationship to them. Therefore, we have begun compiling our narratives about lessons learned and lessons experienced into a book about our educational adventures and how we have come to view American culture and baseball.
 
The first presenter, Daniel Linnenberg, is an Assistant Professor in Counseling and Human Development, and is an Episcopal Priest.  The second presenter, Virginia Skinner-Linnenberg, is a Professor of English at Nazareth College with expertise in Rhetoric and Writing. 

A light lunch will be served. Food will be available at 11:45 am. The program will begin promptly at noon.



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