CNR Professor Amy Bass Launches New Book to Great Acclaim
March 1, 2018
Dr. Amy Bass, professor of history and director of the Honors Program in the School of Arts & Sciences, officially launched her new book, ONE GOAL: A Coach, a Team, and the Game that Brought a Divided Town Together on February 27 at a special book signing event attended by many of her fellow CNR faculty and former students.
“As I heard Dr. Bass read snippets of the book it took me back to our Honors classes in the Castle where we passionately discussed current issues and learned to look further than the surface,” said Claudia Benitez SAS’16, who attended the book signing with Michelle Goyke SAS’16. “I am really looking forward to diving into the book and learning more about the families, the school, the students, the soccer team and how together they have forever changed the history of Lewiston, Maine. The College of New Rochelle is so lucky to have Dr. Bass and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to call her my professor.”
One Goal tells the inspiring story of how the established Lewiston community and its newly arrived Somali immigrants united a racially divided town by coming together on the soccer field to chase dreams of national glory. The book has already garnered numerous positive reviews and been excerpted in Sports Illustrated and written about in the New York Post and several other publications. Bass has also appeared on the Today show and on NPR’s The Takeaway.
As Bass explains, perhaps nowhere were these racial tensions more apparent than on the high school soccer team, the Lewiston Blue Devils. As immigrant kids joined the team, they had to tackle language and cultural barriers while dealing with openly racist hostility on the streets of their new home. But behind the tumult and unease, the team, made up of both longtime locals and Somali immigrants and led by longtime coach McGraw, honed their plays and their teamwork to build a powerhouse with one goal: the first state soccer championship in Lewiston history.
"The School of Arts & Sciences and The College of New Rochelle are fortunate to have such an accomplished scholar and educator as Amy Bass on its faculty,” said Dr. Rebecca LaFleur, Interim Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. “We are thrilled to help her celebrate the success of her new book. Our students have long benefitted and will continue to benefit immensely from her expertise in history, her dedication to the Honors Program, and her commitment to their own personal and professional growth."
Bass’ research interests include African-American history; modern American culture, with a particular focus on sports; identity politics; and historical theory and methodology. She has published her research extensively, including in the prestigious Journal of American History and South Atlantic Quarterly, and has presented at a range of national meetings, including the American Historical Association and Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
One Goal is Bass’ fourth book. Her other books include Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympic Games and the Making of the Black Athlete, In the Game: Race, Identity and Sports in the 20th Century, and Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle Over W.E.B. Du Bois.
In addition to her academic work, she's written about sport and politics for Slate, Salon, the Allrounder, and CNN Opinion. She hosts a weekly radio show, Conversations with Amy Bass, on WVOX. She also served as senior research supervisor for NBC Olympic Sports across eight Olympic Games, winning an Emmy Award for her work at the London Olympics in 2012.