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In Time for the World Series!

Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective ( is pleased to announce its most recent article:   “Top Ten Origins: The World Series:” by Russell Field

It’s October, time for that great American pageant: The World Series. The championship series of “America’s pastime” has been played annually since 1903 (with two exceptions in 1904 and 1994). Debates over which are the “greatest” of these series make for delightful (if heated) conversation and are best conducted over beer. Here, Origins offers ten World Series contests over the decades that are landmark moments in baseball’s evolution as a commercial enterprise and its adaptation to the significant social and cultural changes of modern America.

Origins publishes regularly on the history of sport.   Please read these recent articles and essays, and interested authors should contact Origins a with ideas for articles.

The Politics of International Sport, a podcast with Russell Field, Marc Horger, and Steven Conn.

Russia, Gay Rights, and the Sochi Olympics by David Stone

The Soccer World Goes to South Africa: Sport and the Making of Modern Africa by Russell Field

Playing Politics: Olympic Controversies Past and Present  by Alfred Senn

Children at Play: An American History by Christine LaHue

Wagging the Dog by Marc Horger


New Issue of Celebrity Culture & Social Inquiry Now Available

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies has released the July 2015 edition of Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry as well an edited book Bridging Gaps: Higher Education, Media and Society. This book contains chapters authored by selected delegates at the inaugural CMCS international conference series that was held in Toronto in May. Published by WaterHill Publishing, the book includes Stephanie Patrick’s chapter on celebrity public relations and journalism that received the  best paper award at the conference.

Highlights of the July 2015 issue include:

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More on the Confederate Flag

Those looking to read more about the Confederate flag controversy are encouraged to read Megan Garber’s piece in The Atlantic: