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Karl Lindholm

Emeritus Dean of Advising and Assistant Professor of American Studies

Assistant Professor of American Studies

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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 “Clyde Sukeforth: The Dodgers’ Yankee and Branch Rickey’s Maine Man (Baseball Research Journal); "College Boys and Boozers’: Baseball in Vermont’s Northern League, 1905,” (Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game); and “The Black Matty: William Clarence Matthews, ‘Harvard’s Famous Colored Shortstop,’ and the Color Line” (Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal). 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). He is completing a book-length project: a biography of William Clarence Matthews, an early black baseball pioneer and political figure.  Karl Lindholm has been writing a (mostly) sports column for the local Middlebury newspaper, the Addison County Independent, since 1999.

Dean Lindholm served in Student Affairs as Dean of Students, Dean of Advising, Faculty Head – Atwater Commons, Dean of Cook Commons. His memoir of his more than 40 years at Middlebury is titled “Also Plays: Stories from a Middlebury Life.”



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AMST 1016 - Baseball & Race: Negro Leagues      

Segregation in America: Baseball and Race
This course examines the African-American contribution to the National Pastime. Organized baseball was segregated, black and white, from the end of the 19th century to the mid-20th century. Within segregated black communities, amid the debilitating effects of a separate and unequal world, a rich culture emerged and an absorbing chronicle was written. We will learn about life in baseball's "Negro leagues," and the great black players and teams, and consider how this sporting phenomenon reflects American values and history (Not open to students who have taken AMST 0221) AMR HIS NOR WTR

Winter 2019

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Program in American Studies

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