Keynote Speakers

NAASH 2016 Keynote Speakers


Saturday May 28, 1PM

Reet and Max Howell Honor Address

Michael Cronin, “Food”


Mike Cronin is the Boston College - Ireland Academic Director. He has written many books on Irish sports and was photographed on the Newton Campus soccer field for the 11/17 issue of Chroncle.

Mike Cronin is the Academic Director of Boston College and based in Dublin, Ireland. He received his D.Phil from Oxford University. His thesis examined Irish fascism in the 1930s and subsequently published as The Blueshirts and Irish Politics (Dublin, 1997). Prior to moving to Boston College he worked at the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University. While there he published Sport and Nationalism in Ireland (Dublin, 1999) and edited, among other works Sport and Postcolonialism with John Bale (Oxford, 2003). Much of his work has explored the sporting history of Ireland, and between 2008-12 he was the Director of the Gaelic Athletic Association’s Oral History Project. In total 1,800 individuals were interviewed amounting to over 3,500 hours of recordings. This material will be made available online in the summer of 2016. The project also saw the publication of The GAA: A People’s History (Cork, 2009) and The GAA: County by County (Cork, 2011) . He is currently the Director of a major online project exploring Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries which explores Irish history in the tumultuous decade from the Home Rule Bill in 1913 to the end of the Civil War in 2013. The project, Century Ireland, is available at and on twitter @CenturyIRL In 2014 he published Sport: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: 2014). He is currently working on two projects. The first is a biography of the Irish-American Olympian and writer, James Brendan Connolly, while the second is an assessment of the use of spectacle and propaganda by the independent Irish state from 1922-1975.

Sunday May 29, 12:40PM

John R. Betts Honor Address

Larry Gerlach, Professor of History Emeritus, University of Utah

“Confronting History”


A NASSH member since 1979, first convention Banff 1980, Larry R. Gerlach is Professor of History Emeritus, University of Utah. He received the B.S. in Education (1963) and M.A. in History (1965) from the University of Nebraska, Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University (1968) and a Diploma from the Ecole Dijon (1982). At Utah he taught course in Colonial and Revolutionary America, sport in America and the Olympic Games while serving as history department chair, associate dean of the College of Humanities, founding director of the Humanities Center and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. He also served as president of the Society for American Baseball Research and the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives Association. His eclectic publications include Prologue to Independence: New Jersey in the Coming of the American Revolution (1976), Connecticut Congressman: Samuel Huntington, 1731-1796 (1977), Legacies of the American Revolution (1978), The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires (1980), Blazing Crosses in Zion: The Ku Klux Klan in Utah (1982), Dining In Salt Lake City (1985), The Winter Olympics: From Chamonix to Salt Lake (2004) and Alma Richards: Olympian (2016).