WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) has announced that the public is invited to attend a free event with former Major League Baseball (MLB) player, baseball analyst/commentator, and author Doug Glanville. Glanville's speech, entitled "Responding to Injustice in Ways that Work," will touch on sports, communication, and social injustice.
According to the University's President, Rhona Free, "Each semester USJ brings a wide range of outside speakers, performers and artists to campus to address social issues and current events. Glanville is part of our 2017‐18 Speaker Series that includes presentations by the current President of the CT Entomological Society, an interactive Skype presentation by a former FBI special agent, and a Mariachi ensemble."
Glanville will also sign copies of his book, "The Game from Where I Stand: A Ball Player's Inside View," before and after the event, in the University's Hoffman Auditorium in West Hartford on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at 6 p.m.
"It is a distinct honor to have the opportunity to share my experiences with the next generation of critical thinkers," said Glanville. "I have been fortunate to have grown up in a town that was committed to diversity, not just as a buzzword, but as integral to our lives.
Over the past five years as a Hartford resident, I have engaged on many levels regarding policy and legislation with respect to social justice and I have found our state to be in touch and serious about the work. This engagement has taught me many lessons about reform, but also about the many people who genuinely care about equity and equality. I hope to inspire and spark interest at the community of USJ from firsthand experience, but more importantly, to let them know that they can truly make a difference."
Raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, Glanville graduated from the school of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the first African American Ivy League graduate to play in the MLB. A nine‐year Major League Baseball veteran, Glanville was a first‐round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs, which led to his long career with the Cubs, Texas Rangers, and the Philadelphia Phillies. After retiring from baseball in 2005, Glanville began sharing his experience and knowledge through his writing, speaking, and sports commentary.
Glanville, a former on‐air ESPN baseball analyst, is a guest speaker throughout the country and has appeared in numerous media outlets. Currently, he is a contributor to The New York Times, where he offers insight about baseball and how the sport translates to everyday life. He authors a whimsical blog about parenting and fatherhood called "The Daddy Games," which can be found on his website, www.DougGlanville.com.
Glanville is a board member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA). He is also active in the community, where he is committed to raising the quality of public education through school equity and enhanced programming to support students of diverse backgrounds and educational needs. His advocacy extends to public policy and community safety through his work with the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council and the Connecticut State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.