Prof. Goldberg writes: "This subject has garnered some national attention this year with the elevation of the historic Negro Leagues to the status of Major League Baseball in terms of the Hall of Fame and the nearly lost statistics from this bygone era. As to Latino baseball, my wife Indiana's Latino heritage has lead me to research the little known legacy of Latin America in the development of baseball and the marginalization that Hispanics also suffered before full integration in the 1950s." Prof. Goldberg will share a slide show and some short video clips about the historic place of Black and Hispanic Baseball in the American sports pantheon. This one time lecture is close to Prof. Goldberg's heart, and an extension of his literary and sports related teachings at Fromm. He will also share supplementary reading and documentary material with the Fromm community for further inquiry.
Winding down a 35 year career at USF, Alan Goldberg has concentrated on the multi-cultural variants of rhetoric in American literature. He was educated at the Univ. of Chicago, the Univ. of Hawai’i, and SFSU. He was mentored by Nobel laureate Saul Bellow at Chicago and Irving Halperin (late of the Fromm Institute) at SFSU. A scholar in Jewish American literature with special emphasis on the works of Bellow, Malamud, Roth, and Doctorow, he is presently exploring the current generation of prominent Jewish American writers. He is championing the legacy of the late Philip Roth in response to recent revisionist critiques. As a lifelong devotee of baseball, he is also researching sports in American literature. He and his Nicaraguan-American wife, Indiana Quadra-Goldberg, a retired CCSF Ethnic Studies professor with an emphasis on Latina/o literature, share a deep appreciation of African American and Hispanic American literature.