EventsAuthor Scott Rowan Teaches History through the Chicago Cubs!

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Author Scott Rowan Teaches History through the Chicago Cubs!

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Harold Washington Library Center


Baseball can do more than just entertain, in the hands of author Scott Rowan it can also teach global history to sports fans. Many baseball fans used baseball box scores and statistics to learn math, but Rowan's perspective-altering book The Cubs Quotient: How the Chicago Cubs Changed the World teaches history, revealing more than 77 ways in which the Cubs altered what the author calls the four tenets of civilization: law/order, commerce, religion and entertainment. Scouring hundreds of books and resources, Scott Rowan uncovered stories no authors have written and only now, decades later, can the full historic picture be revealed by connecting the dots that The Cubs Quotient reveals.

Some examples of stories the author will discuss are the ways the Cubs were involved in multiple White House scandals, how contemporary Christianity was forever changed by Cubbies, how both the NFL and Chicago Bears owe their existence to Wrigley Field and the extensive ways Al Capone was connected to the North Siders (you will never look at "The Godfather" the same way again). From global firsts in medicine, psychology, architecture and music, to the motivation behind secret societies and celebrity criminals, Cubs fans will not want to miss Rowan's presentation. Cubs fans may not be able to brag about many World Series championships, but after hearing Scott Rowan's talk they will never be able to lose any argument with baseball rivals again. Eamus catuli!

Seating in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium (385 max.) is first come, first served. Books will be available for purchase and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.

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