NEW WILMINGTON, Pa- A special speaker helped take Westminster inside baseball this month as Dr. Brian Carroll presented his “Sports, Media and the Color Line” lecture on campus. Carroll, Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication at Berry College, brought his expertise into America’s Negro League to campus as part of the lecture series from the Communications, Arts, Language and Literature (CALL) Division.
Carroll’s examined the Negro League history while drawing on insightful narratives from the players, team management and the journalists who covered them. Since 2003, Carroll has taught courses in media law, digital storytelling, visual rhetoric, sports communication, and sports journalism. His research interests include baseball and the black press, digital media, communication law and Shakespeare.
A former reporter, editor, and photographer, Carroll is also author of “When to Stop the Cheering? The Black Press, the Black Community, and the Integration of Professional Baseball” (Routledge, 2007); “A Devil’s Bargain: The Black Press and Black Baseball, 1915-1960” (Routledge, 2015); and “Writing and Editing for Digital Media” (Routledge, 2017).
“I have heard Dr. Carroll speak about the Negro League on several occasions,” said Dr. Randy Richardson, Professor in Communication Studies at Westminster College. “Because of his expertise as a journalist and a media scholar, Carroll brings a unique perspective to the game. I am quite sure that his talk will be insightful, entertaining, even inspiring.”
CALL is using Dr. Carroll’s lecture as a way to kick off a CALL Speaker Series, where scholars and interesting voices from their divisional areas of study will be brought to campus.