A League of Their Own 30th Anniversary: A Virtual Roundtable on American Baseball and its Cultural Representations & #HATM Joint Event

Rhae Lynn Endorsed by Women and Social Movements in the United States,1600–2000

Friday, April 1, 2022, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Type: Virtual Session

Tags: Popular Culture; Public History and Memory; Sports and Recreation

Abstract

Baseball is synonymous with American culture. This roundtable explores the cultural representations of American baseball on the 30th Anniversary of this major motion picture which remains one of the highest-grossing films directed by a woman and starring a female-majority cast. While the film is celebrated for its dynamic representations of white women athletes in Depression-Era and wartime America, it only gestures at the larger cultural landscape of American baseball in our nation’s history. This roundtable will invite speakers to explore the role of baseball and its cultural representations during other moments of national catastrophe like the American Civil War or Japanese American concentration camps, the significance of the Negro Leagues, the role of baseball in Latino cultural life, or even how cultural representations of baseball and stadiums in the built environment have reorganized American cities and city life. 

 All attendees are invited to watch “A League of Their Own” on Sunday evening led by Jason Herbert, the founder of “Historians at the Movies.” Those who use Twitter are invited to live-tweet while watching the film using the hashtag #HATM.

Session Participants

Chair and Panelist: Jason Herbert, Historians At The Movies
Host and Founder of Historians at the Movies

Panelist: Adrian Burgos Jr., University of Illinois

Panelist: Amira Rose Davis, Penn State University

Panelist: Robert Jerome Greene II

Panelist: Leslie A. Heaphy, Kent State University at Stark

Panelist: David M. Henkin, U.C. Berkeley