Tiny Treasures, Giant Legends: Women’s Sports History through Trading Cards
This final session in the spring 2017 Humanities Lecture Serices features a lecture and discussion with Cindy Dick, of the ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society.
Sports cards have a long history in the United States but few people associate them with female athletes, and even fewer know that women have been covered on trading cards as far back as the mid-1850’s. Cindy Dick will share the international collection of more than 1,100 original cards that she has acquired over the past 23 years. The collection, which includes cards from the 1850s to 1972, tells an important story of women’s sports history, the athletes’ challenges and accomplishments, and about society in the times in which they competed.
Dick earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from James Madison University, where she wrote a thesis on newspaper coverage of men’s and women’s sports. Her athletic career spans 15 years at three different colleges and universities, including six years working in intercollegiate athletics at ASU. She has been a board member of the Phoenix Women’s Sports Association and currently participates in ASU’s IHR (Institute for Humanities Research) Gender in Sports group.
The Humanities Lecture Series is organized by the faculty of languages and cultures in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts to engage the Downtown Phoenix community in public discussions that help us understand and appreciate various points of view on political, social, and cultural issues.