Using the Archive to Teach Sport History, Digital Humanities, and Rhet-Comp

My first teaching appointment at UIowa has been in the general education Rhetoric program. Rhetoric was a more logical fit than literature gen ed classes, but I got the offer letter at the end of a BM degree program in which I hadn't taken a single English or Communication Studies class. [Three cheers for AP/dual … Continue reading Using the Archive to Teach Sport History, Digital Humanities, and Rhet-Comp

“If You Build It, They Will Come”: Complicating Baseball’s Midwestern Myth

[Subtitled: "When your summer baseball road trip turns into the early draft of a dissertation chapter." Go figure.] Last August, I was sitting behind first base at Ashford University Field, watching the Clinton Lumberkings face off against the Lansing Lugnuts. I had started the day in in Dyersville, Iowa, home to the Field of Dreams … Continue reading “If You Build It, They Will Come”: Complicating Baseball’s Midwestern Myth