Ira Berkow, a sports columnist and featured writer for The New York Times for 26 years (retired in 2007, at age 67), won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2001 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer for Distinguished Commentary in 1988. Before that, he was a reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune and a columnist for the feature syndicate Newspaper Enterprise Association. He is the author of 20 books, including the best-sellers “Red: A Biography of Red Smith” and “Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar.” His work has been included in numerous literary anthologies including “Best American Sports Writing of the Century” (edited by David Halberstam). Mr. Berkow holds a B.A. from Miami University (Ohio) and an M.S.J. from Northwestern’s Medill Graduate School of Journalism. “Sports at its best is a kind of music,” wrote George Will, “and sports is a kind of libretto. Ira Berkow is among the best- a Sondheim of the sports page.”
Sports and Society
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Chief Justice Earl Warren once wrote: “On the sports page I read about a man’s triumphs, and on the front page I read of his failures.”
Jacques Barzun, the noted historian, wrote: “Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game – and do it first by watching some high school or small-town teams.”
George Cross, former president of the University of Oklahoma: “I want a school my football team can be proud of.”
Stewardess: “Mr. Ali, please fasten your seat belt.”
Muhammad Ali: “Superman don’t need no seat belt.”
Stewardess: “Superman don’t need no airplane either.”
Some of the above topics and sports figure, plus many more in wide-ranging world of sport in America and beyond, will be explored, examined and, the gods willing (said Berkow), even explained in the second year of this probing and entertaining lecture series, with sports-related guests, informal class discussions and participant questions.
Book signing to follow each lecture of the course.