Emeritus Dean of Advising and Assistant Professor of American Studies
As Assistant Professor of American Studies, Karl Lindholm's interests include the literature of baseball, the Negro leagues in particular, Vietnam War literature, the regional culture of northern New England, and cross-cultural literature. He earned his B.A.( English ) from Middlebury (1967) and holds a Ph.D in American Studies (American Literature) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Relevant recent publications include “’College Boys and Boozers’: Baseball in Vermont’s Northern League, 1905,” (Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game); and “Rumors and Facts: William Clarence Matthews’ 1905 Challenge to Major League Baseball’s Color Barrier,” (NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture). He also has written on the Vietnam War: "'Dickie, Nick, Varsity Jim, and Bye-Bye': Teaching a True War Story - Vietnam" (War, Literature, and the Arts); "'A Jungle in There': The Cross-Cultural Horror of the Vietnam War,"(Phi Beta Delta International Review); “Vietnam Stories (fiction): 1. ‘Sportswriter at Khe Sahn’; 2. ‘Ward Nine, Cardiac Convalescence’”(Elysian Fields Quarterly). He is completing two book-length projects: The Black Matty, a biography of William Clarence Matthews, an early black baseball pioneer and political figure, and a memoir of his teen-age years in Maine as a golf caddy, Caddy Camp: Of Boys, Men, Golf, and War. Karl Lindholm also writes a sports column for the local Middlebury newspaper, the Addison County Independent.
Dean Lindholm served in Student Affairs as Dean of Cook Commons, Atwater Commons Faculty Head, Dean of Students, and Dean of Advising.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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AMST 0221 / AMST 0223 - Baseball's Negro Leagues
Segregation in America: Baseball's Negro Leagues
Like many aspects of American life, organized baseball was segregated, black and white, from the end of the 19th century to the mid 20th century. In this course we will examine the absorbing chronicle of baseball's "Negro leagues." We will learn about the great players and teams, and consider how this sporting phenomenon reflects American values and represents this period in our history. We will address important questions about sports and their cultural significance. What do sports tell us about ourselves and our past? Can we understand our cultural heritage by looking through the lens of sports, black baseball in this case? We will also consider how art is created from these historical roots. (Student who have taken FYSE 1004 or AMST 0223 are not eligible to register for this course.) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Fall 2012
AMST 0500 - Independent Study
Select project advisor prior to registration.
Fall 2009, Winter 2010, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2013
AMST 0700 - Senior Essay
For students who have completed AMST 0400 and are not pursuing an honors thesis. Under the guidance of one or more faculty members, each student will complete research leading toward a one-term, one-credit interdisciplinary senior essay on some aspect of American culture. The essay is to be submitted no later than the last Thursday of the fall semester. (Select project advisor prior to registration)
Fall 2009, Fall 2010
AMST 0710 - Honors Thesis
For students who have completed AMST 0705, and qualify to write two-credit interdisciplinary honors thesis. on some aspect of American culture. The thesis may be completed on a fall/winter schedule or a fall/spring schedule. (Select a thesis advisor prior to registration)
Fall 2009, Winter 2010, Spring 2010
FYSE 1106 - Roads Less Traveled
Roads Less Traveled: Literature and Cultures of Northern New England
Is there really a culture unique to northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)? How has the literature from the region expressed that culture? How true are the myths of a pristine world of small towns, beautiful landscapes, and austere and ironic Yankees? In this seminar we will consider these questions and others through various modes of inquiry (readings, film, visitors to class, trips). We will read literary antecedents (Emerson, Thoreau, Frost) as well as more contemporary treatments that make use of the Yankee archetype in telling their stories (John Irving, Howard Frank Mosher, Ernest Hebert, Carolyn Chute). 3 hrs. sem.