An Evening with Gerald Early,

An Evening with Gerald Early, "Reconceiving the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Black Baseball Exhibit"

An award-winning essayist, author, and American culture critic, Gerald Early is the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in the African and African American Studies Department and executive editor of WashU's interdisciplinary journal The Common Reader.

Join us for this event co-hosted by the WashU Alumni Association and Arts & Sciences.

Professor Early will discuss his work as a consultant to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's newly renovated and reconceived exhibit on Black Baseball—which will officially open on Memorial Day weekend 2024—and the book he's writing to accompany the exhibit.

His forthcoming book, "Play Harder: The Triumph of Black Baseball in America" (Ten Speed Press, November 2024) will cover Black players' involvement with professional baseball in the United States from the end of the Civil War to the present with accounts of the Negro Leagues, the integration of Major League Baseball, the Black press' promotion of the game, and why Black American participation in baseball today is less robust than in the past.

All are welcome at this free lecture and post-event reception celebrating the Power of Arts & Sciences.

Introduction by Feng Sheng Hu, the Richard G. Engelsmann Dean of Arts & Sciences and Lucille P. Markey Distinguished Professor

Presentation by Gerald Early, followed by Q&A and post-event reception

This event will be held in person and livestreamed.

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