the 2007 sla conference program:
skidmore college
saratoga springs, new york

dan nathan and jeff segrave, hosts
craig riordan, program chair

Dikaia Chatziefstathiou, Frank Fury, Michelle Sanders, and Mark Bresnan in Saratoga Springs

thurs 6.21     fri 6.22     sat 6.23     sun 6.24

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Note: All breakfast is on your own

THURSDAY, June 21, 2007

Greetings and Opening Remarks
Dan Nathan and Jeff Segrave, Skidmore

Session 1 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Race, Gender and Attitudes

Charlotte and Sylvester Frazier in Saratoga Springs

Chair: Susan Bandy
Sylvester Frazier, University of Texas, Arlington, "The NFL Combine and the Black Male Body"
Dikaia Chatziefstathiou, Canterbury Christ Church University, "Reading Baron Pierre de Coubertin: The Contested Nature of Olympism in Terms of Race and Gender"
Brad McDuffie, Nyack College, "Some Girls Just Don't Know When to Go Home: Infield Chatter and Rite of Passage in J.D. Salinger's 'The Laughing Man'"

Session 2 10:30 a.m.-Noon

Age and Wisdom

Chair: Eric Solomon
H.R. Stoneback, State University of New York, "Walking, Hiking, Fishing: 'Moving' In the Modernist Landscape with Pound and Hemingway."
Gregg Neikirk, Westfield State College, "The Bad Boxers of Hemingway: Passion in the Wrong Places."
Douglas McLaughlin, California State University, Northridge, "A Tale of Two Creatures: Grasshopper from Aesop to Updike."
Matthew Nickel, State University of New York at New Paltz, "Sporting with Sharp Eyes: Adventures with John Burroughs in the Hudson Valley."

LUNCH 12:00-1:30, Murray-Aikins Dining Hall

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Jay D'Arcy explains; John Morefield is skeptical

Session 3 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Sport and Celluloid

Chair: Neil Nakadate
Michele Schiavone, Marshall University, "We Are Marshall: What is the True Story?"
Craig Riordan, Humboldt State University, "The Race Goes On: Victory, Faith, and Fulfillment of Judah Ben-Hur."
Damian Carpenter, Queensbury, New York, "Slap Shots and Miracles: Hockey's Quintessential Portrayals and Representations on Film."
David Kilpatrick, Mercy College, "Kick Flicks: The Resurgence of Soccer Cinema."

Session 4 3:15-4:45 p.m.

Art and Games

Chair: Dick Stull
Lorna Jackson, University of Victoria, "Hockey Owl: Todd Bertuzzi and the Game Through Art."
Jeff Segrave, Skidmore College, "The Legacy of Pietro Metastasio's L'Olimpiade in Music, Music and Literary History of the Olympic Games."
Joseph Stanton, University of Hawaii, "The Cardinals in the World Series: A Chronicle In Verse."
Eric Solomon, San Francisco State University, "Baseball . . ."

Barbeque Dinner
Porter Plaza
Cash Bar

Session 5 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Poetry Reading

Chair: Mark Noe
H.R. Stoneback, State University of New York
Neil Nakadate, Iowa State University
Ron Smith, St. Christopher's School
Dale Ritterbusch, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Dick Stull, Humboldt State University
Brad McDuffie, Nyack College
Joseph Stanton, University of Hawaii

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FRIDAY, June 22, 2007

Session 6 8:30-10:00 a.m.

On the Gridiron

Chair: Ron Smith
Mark Bresnan, University of Iowa, "The Savage Commands of Unreasonable Men: Sport Academies in End Zone and Infinite Jest."
Julian Meldon D'Arcy, University of Iceland, "Red Badge of the Running Back: Stephen Crane and Football."
Michael Oriard, Oregon State University, "Telling Stories, Selling the NFL."
Paul Verrette, Lee, New Hampshire, "The Year the Clock Ran Out: The 1967 NFL Championship Game as Metaphor."

Session 7 10:15 a.m.-Noon

Original Fiction, Part 1

Chair: Craig Riordan
David Zang, Towson University, "All the Marbles."
Dick Stull, Humboldt State University (with Tim Randles music), "Body Shots in A Minor"
Duncan Jamieson, Ashland University, "The Boy."


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SATURDAY, June 23, 2007

Session 8 8:30-10:15 a.m.

International Perspectives

"Do not lead; we may not follow." Michele Schiavone, Program Chair Craig Riordan, and Jay D'Arcy

Chair: Julian D'Arcy
Wendy Varney, University of Wollongong, "Batting Average Takes Center Stage in Australian Cricket Comedy."
Susan Bandy and Vicki Bjerre, Semmelweis University, "Scandinavian Sport Literature: Idraet, Kropskultur, and Life Stories."
Jeff Hill, De Montfort University, "A Novel Approach to Scottish Football: Robin Jenkins, Scottish Identity, and The Thistle and the Grail."
John Morefield, East Tennessee State University, "Capoeira Angola in the Novels of Jorge Amado."

Session 9 10:30 a.m.--noon

Sport and Creativity in the Water and on Dry Land

Chair: Scott Peterson
Michelle Sanders, Abilene Christian University, "Down and Back Again."
Zachary Jack, North Central College, "Cry Me a River: Narrative Art and Artifice and the Great American Float."
Frank Fury, Farmingdale, New Jersey, "The Playful Text and the World of Play: Male Homosocial Adventuring in Don Quixote and Fight Club."
Fred Mason, University of New Brunswick, "Sports as the Opiate of the Masses in Dystopian Science Fiction."

Noon-1:30 p.m.: Lunch and Business Meeting: Murray-Aikins Dining Hall

Session 10 1:30-3:00 p.m.

The View from Here: Unique Perspectives

Chair: Dick Crepeau
Dennis Gildea, Springfield College, "Reading Bee, Liking Bee, Making No Apologies."
Tim Morris, University of Texas, Arlington, "Orientation to History in the Juvenile Baseball Time-Travel Novels of Dan Gutman."
Don Johnson, East Tennessee State University, "A Ball as Big as the Moon: Sport in the Fiction of Richard Ford"
David Dowling, University of Iowa, "Grounded In the Basics."

Session 11 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Original Fiction, Part 2

Chair: Michele Schiavone
Dave Barney, Albuquerque Academy, "My Friend Fritz & the 'Egghead,' a Fictional Memoir."
John Morefield, East Tennessee State University, "Wildlife of Brazil."
Scott Peterson, University of Maine, "Reeling In the Corn."

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Tim Morris and Karen Vanderwerken toast SLA's 24th Banquet

BANQUET 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Eliot Asinof

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SUNDAY, June 24, 2007

9:00-10:00 a.m. Brunch

Session 12 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Readings, Recovery, Ideas and Possibilities

Chair: Joyce Duncan
David Vanderwerken, Texas Christian University, "Friday Night Lights: The Movie"
Wendy Varney, University of Wollongong
Joseph Stanton, University of Hawaii
Craig Riordan and Dick Stull, Humboldt State University

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