What does the study of baseball tell us about life in Chicago? In this course, we will examine this question from a variety of perspectives. We will explore both the history of baseball in Chicago as well its contemporary influences on civic and cultural life. Drawing on their field trips to both Wrigley Field (Cubs) and U.S. Cellular Field (White Sox), students will consider how the two different stadiums and fan bases help to illuminate some of Chicago's geographic, racial, and class-based divides. We will also examine the current political and economic controversies surrounding the renovation of Wrigley Field. In this interdisciplinary course, students will see how a variety of academic disciplines, including history, sociology, anthropology, economics, politics, and religion, illuminates our understanding of America's national pastime.
- Teacher: Evan Oxman