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How Baseball Became as American as Apple Pie

June 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

featuring Matthew Andrews, teaching professor and advisor for undergraduate students in the History Department

Baseball was one of the most popular sports in the United States throughout much of the 20th century, and it was also entangled with wider issues in American history, including rituals of nationalism, racial and class  hierarchies, images of masculine celebrity, and the emergence of new media and advertising. UNC’s award-winning teacher of sports history, Matt Andrews, will go to the CPH pitcher’s mound to deliver an insightful historical commentary on baseball’s influential role in modern American mythologies and in the struggle for civil rights and Black equality. Offering new perspectives on “America’s pastime,” this seminar will situate the pleasures of swinging for the fences in an expansive historical ballpark and explore how the game has included painful social strike-outs along with some socially significant grand slams.


The Mythology of Baseball in American Culture

Baseball, Civil Rights, and Social Change in Modern America


Matthew Andrews is a teaching professor and advisor for undergraduate students in the History Department. He has received numerous awards for his courses on sports history, including a Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and The Daily Tar Heel has named him “UNC’s best professor” three times since 2016.




DATE & TIME:  Saturday, June 15, 2024 | 9:00am-12:00pm

COST: The tuition is $65 to attend in person or $30 for virtual viewing. Light refreshments will be served.

LOCATION: Kenan Conference Center

*In-Person Registration for this event closes on June 14 at 3pm**

 Register online or by calling 919-962-1544.


UNC Students can attend for free, but pre-registration is required. Discounts are available for multiple-seminar or first-time purchases, members of Carolina Alumni, UNC faculty, & staff. For more information about discounts and registration policies, visit our General Information page, here

Teachers may attend one in-person Weekend Seminar for free tuition (optional meals not included) per semester, and any additional in-person seminars for a 50% tuition discount. To apply for free in-person tuition, email Current K-12 teachers interested in receiving a complimentary virtual viewing registration for this seminar can apply here. Teachers receive .3 CEUs post-attendance.

Participants will receive an email with venue and background information about 1 week before the program.



June 15
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Kenan Conference Center, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Kenan Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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