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The Sultans of Swing: 100 Years of Baseball, Jazz, and Short Fiction Scheduled Events

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Are you a fan of baseball, jazz music, or short stories? If you enjoy one, two, or all three of these American art forms, please join us for the events planned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ring Lardner’s You Know Me Al, recognized as the first literary baseball fiction. With a lineup that includes public lectures, an academic conference, a flapper ball, and, of course, baseball, there will be plenty of opportunities to experience the best of these three American art forms.

Sultans of Swing Conference Call for Papers

Date & Time Event Location
January 29, 1:25-2:20 p.m. Lecture: Sports and the Absent History of the Harlem Renaissance
R. Baxter Miller, Ph.D.
University of Georgia
Millett Atrium
February 10, 1:25-2:20 p.m. Marcos, Aviators, & Ducks: Dayton Baseball History Panel
Michael Carter, MS
Sinclair Community College, and other guests
Millett Atrium
April 14, 5-7 p.m. Conference Opening Reception
Keynote Speaker: Amber Roessner, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee
Millett Atrium
April 15, Day

Conference Sessions
Sultans of Swing Conference Call for Papers (PDF)

Schuster Hall, Creative Arts Center
April 15, Day Lunch
Plenary Speaker: Roberta Newman, PhD
New York University
Millett Atrium
April 15, Evening Pre-game Picnic and Toledo Rockets at Wright State Raiders Baseball Game
Hal McCoy, Pre-game Speaker
  • Baseball Hall of Fame 2002 J.G. Taylor Spink Award Winner
  • Dayton Daily News Sportswriter
Nischwitz Stadium
October 29, Evening The Sultans of Swing Flapper Ball
Dance~Speakeasy~Literary Readings
Memorial Hall, Downtown Dayton

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Date & Time Event Location Curator/Organizer
October 20–22, 2016 The 40th Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference Wright State University

Carol Mejia-LaPerle