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Book Talk: Scott Ellsworth and The Secret Game, A Wartime Story of Courage, Change and Basketball's Lost Triumph

Wednesday, February 07, 2018,

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  • Location: Community Room, Jean and Alexander Heard Library • Vanderbilt University • Nashville, TN 37204
  • Room: Community Room

          To celebrate African American History Month, Central Library hosts historian Scott Ellsworth in conversation with Andrew Maraniss discussing Ellsworth's book The Secret Game on February 7, 2018, at 4:10pm in the Central Library Community Room. 

            Like many unsung tales of sports in American life, Ellsworth’s book The Secret Game: A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball's Lost Triumph reveals details about race relations, justice and heroism. Ellsworth will discuss his work uncovering a secret basketball game played between segregated teams at Duke in WWII using oral history and archival research.

             Ellsworth teaches history at University of Michigan and has published widely on racial issues in American life in the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine and elsewhere. 

            Andrew Maraniss is the author of Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South.

            A reception follows the talk in the Central Library Community Room. Vanderbilt Libraries hosts programs that are free and open to all, promoting the life of the mind and engaging with collections, ideas and public dialog.