North Central College - Naperville, IL

History Comes Alive

. . . from aviation to famine to sports to suburbia . . .

Chicago Sports History
The speaker is the author of "Windy City Wars: Labor, Leisure and Sport in the Making of Chicago," which traces the transition of Chicago from a frontier town to a modern city and the advent of sporting practices that reinforced the capitalist system.
Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Can prepare presentations on a wide variety of topics related to sports history
grgems@noctrl.edu 630-637-5502

Football and American Cultural Values
Sport culture reflects our general culture, and vice-versa -- perhaps no more obviously than in the case of football. "It's amazing how close football is to warfare," the speaker contends.
Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Can prepare presentations on a wide variety of topics related to sports history
grgems@noctrl.edu 630-637-5502

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
Historical look at baseball and its meaning in American culture.
Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Can prepare presentations on a wide variety of topics related to sports history
grgems@noctrl.edu 630-637-5502

Sport and the Immigrant Experience
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Chicago had one of the largest immigrant populations of any city in the world. The various groups formed organizations that helped connect them politically and socially through the playing of sports.
Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Can prepare presentations on a wide variety of topics related to sports history
grgems@noctrl.edu 630-637-5502

History and Belief: Can Myth Help Us Understand the Past?
Alchemy, the process that could allegedly transform lead into gold, captivated people from virtually all levels of society from the Middle Ages to the end of the 17th century. What does a widely held but never proven belief reveal about the values and ideas of late medieval and Renaissance Europe?*
Bruce Janacek, assistant professor of history
bnjanacek@noctrl.edu 630-637-5613

Nineteenth Century DuPage County
Learn about the growth of settlements in early DuPage County from farm communities to railroad suburbs. Honorarium.*
Ann Durkin Keating, professor of history and an editor of the Encyclopedia of Chicago History
adkeating@noctrl.edu 630-637-5617

Rollin' on the River
Through the lens of the Chicago River, this talk explores the growth of Chicago from commercial to industrial to post-modern city.
Honorarium.*
Ann Durkin Keating, professor of history and an editor of the Encyclopedia of Chicago History
adkeating@noctrl.edu 630-637-5617

*Audiovisual equipment needed; discuss with speaker