I was honored to be asked to deliver the annual Rembert W. Patrick Lecture to the History Department at Guilford College on April 24th. My talk, entitled Why Children's Magazines Matter: Studying Artifacts of Popular Culture, focused on my research process for Commercializing Childhood to illuminate how we can use popular artifacts such as children's magazines to discover broader cultural patterns in U.S. history.
I was pleased to present my latest work on the Royal Rooters at the Popular Culture Association Annual Meeting in San Diego on April 13th. This paper focused on how the genre of biographical writing and the history of that genre are shaping my ideas for how to structure my book.
Today I had the pleasure of speaking to graduate students at the Bank Street School of Graduate Education in New York City. I gave a brief talk entitled "Why 19th Century Americans Wanted Their Children to Read," and then we had a terrific conversation about how the literacy practices of the 19th century continue to shape the way that their students learn to read in 21st century classrooms. Thanks to Mollie Welsh Kruger for inviting me, and to the students for such an engaged and thought-provoking discussion.
I'll be talking about Commercializing Childhood on the WUNC NPR program The State of Things between 12 and 1 pm on October 11th. Please listen, or if you're in the area join us in the live studio audience!
My most recent article for the Atlantic examines the history of censoring children's books in the U.S., and considers the impact that quiet censorship (the choice not to include certain books in libraries or to relegate them to a restricted content shelf) has on young readers and their families.
Backlist is a website where historians recommend the books they love on the subjects they research. They asked me to provide a list for those who were interested in learning about the histories of baseball. It was challenging to get it down to just ten, but I think I've produced a good diverse starter list.
My newest article is a follow-up to the Ring Lardner/Babe Ruth piece from a couple of weeks ago. I thought it would be interesting to explore the experiences of professional ballplayers outside the major leagues in 1916.
My article yesterday in The Hardball Times, "Babe Ruth, Ring Lardner, and Baseball on the Verge in 1916" was called "a fine piece" and quoted extensively in Lee Smith's This Week in baseball column in The Weekly Standard.
My first piece for the Hardball Times. Two very different men had pivotal experiences with major league baseball one hundred years ago. What do those experiences reveal about how the status of the big leagues was changing in American society? Read on to find out
I had the pleasure of an extended discussion of Commercializing Childhood with David Levine, Professor of Law at Elon University and host of the Hearsay Culture radio program on KZSU Stanford University Radio. The show airs today at 5 pm ET on http://kzsu.stanford.edu/ and will be available in podcast form shortly.