Tour of Jack London’s Wolf House – Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen, CA

Doc will lead a Tour of the Wolf House Ruins at Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen, CA, 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM, Saturday, September 16, 2017.

 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442  ·  T: (707) 938-5216  $10.00 Vehicle entry fee. Tour:  Free

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Jack London was the most popular American author of his day – adventurer, romantic, realist, revolutionary, sportsman, socialist, dreamer…combative, contrary, contradictory, charismatic, and courageous – Jack London’s legacy lives here amidst the mystical magic of Valley of the Moon and the silent stones of the burned out Wolf House that was to stand for a thousand years.

http://www.jacklondonpark.com/wolf-house-tour.html

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Radio Appearance: Humboldt Magazine, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics:  

The confluence of sport and politics on the world stage in the  XIX Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, 1968

Friday, September 8,  2017 at 1:00  PM   

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Join Danielle and Doc – Next year will be the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic images in the history of sport and politics – the photograph of United States sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos and their black-gloved raised fists on the medal stand during the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City in support of the Olympic Project for Human Rights and in protest of the injustices and poverty in the American black community .  Mexico was the first Latin American and Spanish-speaking country to host the Olympics, and the government was eager to use the Mexico City games as a way projecting the image of a modern and progressive country.  But a week before the games, student protests about economic and political injustice in Mexico took a violent turn in what is now known and commemorated as the Tlatlelolco massacre where a still undetermined number of students (some estimates are from 300-400) were killed by government troops and more than a thousand arrested.  Today we’ll look back at those turbulent times that are strangely similar to recent political events in both Mexico and the United States.
200 meter dash victory stand:  gold-medalist, USA, Tommie Smith (center), bronze medalist, USA, John Carlos (right),  silver-medalist, Australia, Peter Norman (left).   Norman also supported Smith and Carlos and the Olympic Project for Human Rights but was ostracized for his political stance upon his return to Australia, much like Smith and Carlos were in the USA.  Smith and Carlos carried Norman’s coffin at his funeral in 2006.
Student protests in Mexico City and the Tlatlelolco massacre prior  to the opening of the 1968 Olympic Games.

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Dramatic Reading and Discussion: Jack London’s classic short story, “War” – Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen, CA

Join life-long Jack London aficionado and park docent Doc Stull for a compelling reading followed by a spirited discussion at the House of Happy Walls, Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen, CA.

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Saturday,  August 12.    Free.

2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442  ·  T: (707) 938-5216  $10.00 Vehicle entry fee.

Complimentary wine and refreshments served.

There is limited seating for this event.  Please make your reservation at the link at the bottom of the page.

 

Californian Jack London (1876 -1916) was the most popular American author of his day – adventurer, romantic, realist, war correspondent, boxing writer, revolutionary, sportsman, socialist, public intellectual, dreamer…combative, contrary, contradictory, charismatic, and courageous – Jack London’s legacy lives here amidst the mystical magic of Valley of the Moon.

Perhaps no other American author encompassed more diverse subject areas and amassed more output within a short life-span of only 4o years – 50 novels, more than 200 short stories, plus a well-spring of non-fiction and photojournalism, London was a larger-than-life man of great passion, vision, and contradiction.

Join Doc and experience one of  Jack’s most riveting and unforgettable short stories.

http://jacklondonpark.com/jl-short-story.html

Radio Appearance: Humboldt Magazine, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics:  

 The USA- Venezuelan Major League Baseball connection.

Friday, August 4,  2017 at 1:00  PM   

The heartbreaking political, economic and human crisis in Venezuela has been in the news of late with potentially far-reaching repercussions not only within the country itself but also visavi its Latin American neighbors as well.  Unless you were a die-hard baseball fan, however,  you probably didn’t know that Venezuela produces the second most Latino players in Major League Baseball.

Venezuelan players are keenly aware of the tragedy going on in their native country.  And, after the rigors and unseen struggles of making it to the big leagues, their wealth and celebrity are double edged swords as they watch their families and countrymen imperiled.

There are also more unsettling connections between US – Venezuelan sport and politics and Major League Baseball not often in the public eye.  It’s a complex topic,  but we’ll explore a few of these themes when Doc talks to Danielle this Friday on the Humboldt Magazine.

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Radio Appearance: Humboldt Magazine, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics:  The Roman Colosseum and the staging of mass public spectacle.

Friday, June 16,  2017 at 1:00  PM   

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Today we’ll be taking a small departure from our normal themes and discuss part of Doc’s recent trip to Italy, Italian anecdotes, and in particular, his tour of the famous Roman Colosseum, site of some of the most brutal and spectacular events in our history. 

 
We’ll discuss the famous line “bread and circuses”  that was written to describe how the citizenry was diverted from its “civic” responsibilities by the bloody spectacles put on with great efficiency and planning by the Roman emperors.  The Colosseum itself, given that it was  built almost two thousand years ago was a masterpiece in terms of its design  and function (Circus Maximus, the venue of chariot races could reportedly hold 150, 000 spectators is now occupied by a public park).  Great stadiums are now commonplace in the United States and the world, but the Roman Colosseum was and has been the standard for two millennia.  
 
The United States has eight of the ten largest (capacity) stadiums in the world – all college football stadiums. Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca has the largest (capacity) stadium in the Americas and Caribbean exclusive of the United States – and the site of some great historical sporting/political events.   The largest capacity stadium in the world currently?  Well, that might surprise you.  Listen in for a unique show on Friday!
 Roman Colosseum, completed CE 80, capacity approx. 60,000 – 85,000

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 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics.  The oldest ball game:  Ulama 

Friday, May 5  2017 at 1:00  PM   

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Ball games such as baseball, football, and basketball are central to the United States sports market and our cultural identity– and yet the oldest ball game in the world predates the ancient Greek Olympic games –  and comes from Meso-America.  Ulama, as the game is referred to today, was played by the Olmec, Mayan and Aztec civilizations and originated almost 3600 years ago.  Ulama was a violent team sport ball-game played on a various sized courts where teams attempted to advance a ball over end lines or put it through an elevated ring using only their hips and thighs to advance the ball.  

Join Doc and Danielle today when we talk today about the history and cultural significance of Ulama– a game that was first introduced to the modern world on a mass scale in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City and still can be seen today in certain parts of Mexico.  All this, and Ulama’s erie physical and cultural connection to a fascinating dystopian and prescient American film made over four decades ago about the cultural significance of violent sports in a future world of transnational corporations. 

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