This panel considers how these two fields speak to one another, during an era where culture, politics, and ideology constantly clash on the playing and in the sporting arena. The papers for our panel consider how sports both reflects the changing contours of different eras of American intellectual history, while also considering how intellectual history should shape how we think about sports in the past. The interlocking identities of race, gender, and religion also come through in each paper, as the world of sport has provided an intellectual proving ground for numerous ideologies. Ultimately, historians “sticking to sports” reveal much about the intellectual, and sporting history, of the United States from the late 19th century to the present day.
Join a diverse group of scholars in discussion! Panelists include Amy Bass (Manhattanville College), Andrew McGregor (Dallas College), Paul Putz (Baylor's Truett Seminary), and Robert Greene II (Claflin University).