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.

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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 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

Doc appears on live on radio ESPN 1340 AM 92.7 FM Humboldt Sports Radio Northcoast Tonight,  Monday, June 19, 2017, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM at 6 Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville

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Doc will be talking about his recent trip to Italy where he had a  private tour of the Roman Colosseum, site of some of the most complexly choreographed and staged mass “sporting” spectacles of all time.  – The Romans were masters of engineering, staging, and crowd management as well as playing to the  insatiable appetites of the public for blood-sport entertainment.  And then there was the food, the wine, the music, the art, the sculpture…the language!  Italy!

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

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

Friday, April 7  2017 at 1:00  PM   

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Join Doc and host Danielle Orr for for their monthly feature on a review of last months World Baseball Classic.

The once-every-four-years World Baseball Classic last month was notable for its ever- increasing fan attendance, highest ever television ratings and participation by 16 international teams from Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the United States.   But perhaps the the most outstanding feature of this year’s classic wasn’t just the quality of play, but the celebratory and infectious revelry of the spectators and fans.  Commentators and sportswriters from the United States all commented on the great infusion of national pride and energy from the Latin American and Caribbean countries in particular  – as did major league players from the United States who were  inspired and proud to be a part of the international Tournament.

 

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