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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 has written widely on William Clarence Matthews, an early black baseball pioneer and political figure. Karl has been writing a biweekly column, “Sports (Mostly,)” for the local Middlebury newspaper, the Addison County Independent, since 1998.
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.”
Segregation in America: Baseball and Race
In this course, we learn essentially about life in baseball's Negro Leagues, and the great Black players and teams, and consider how this institution reflected American values and history. We 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, baseball in this case, and Black baseball specifically? We also examine the relationship between art and sports by reading works of fiction and poetry, and also consider the visual arts.