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Jackie Robinson: Race, Sports, and the American Dream
Joseph Dorinson

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: At the top of my list of heroes, Jackie Robinson fires my enthusiasm.  Robinson not only changed baseball; he also transformed America - for the better. Even Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledged Robinson’s indispensable contribution to his Civil Rights work. Further, it is inconceivable that an African-American could possibly be elected President in 2008 without Robinson’s breakthrough in 1947. This lecture will evaluate Robinson as arguably the most gifted athlete of his time. Equally significant was Mr. Robinson's post-baseball career activities, such as breaking barriers in business, broadcasting, politics, and civil rights.To provide stirring visuals of Jackie in action, films clips will be shown, including one in which I appear as a "talking head" alongside some famous ballplayers drawn from the 2011 MLB production: Letters from Jackie. As a Brooklyn Dodger, Jackie's achievements were compelling to be sure; but his impact on America transcends statistics. He was indeed "A Man for All Seasons."

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Joseph Dorinson  is a professor in the History Department at Long Island University, where he has taught since 1966. Professor Dorinson has written the book, Kvetching and Shpritzing: Jewish Humor in American Popular Culture (2015), has co-edited the book, Jackie Robinson: Race, Sports and the American Dream (1999), and has written numerous articles on a variety of subjects concerning his beloved borough of Brooklyn focusing on black heroes, sports, politics, humor, and ethnicity. He has organized conferences at LIU on Jackie Robinson (1997), Brooklyn (1998), Paul Robeson (1998) and Basketball, (2001) at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Since 1956, Dorinson has appeared on television (CNN, Fox News, New York One) on the radio (NPR, CBS and WOR) and was profiled in the New York Times discussion on blacks, reds, baseball, and the American experience.

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$150 for any combination of eight events, members only

No Refunds Will be Given for One-Time Events Purchased Within a Discounted Bundle
Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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