Extra Credit: A League of Their Own

Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna star in this major-league comedy. Hanks is Jimmy Dugan, a washed-up ballplayer whose big league days are over. Hired to coach in the All-American Girls Baseball League of 1943, while the male pros are at war, Dugan finds himself drawn back into the game by the heart and heroics of his all-girl team.

A League of Their Own is the latest film in Extra Credit, a collaboration between Ragtag and the University of Missouri's The Connector. Once a month, we'll screen a film and different researchers will join us to expand on some aspect of a movie. Free for members! Regular prices for non-members.

Meet the Panelists!

Catherine Rymph is Chair of the Department of History at MU. She researches and teaches twentieth-century U.S. History, women's history, and policy history. Her most recent book is Raising Government Children: A History of Foster Care and the American Welfare State. She is also co-owner of Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream.

Matthew P. Martens is the Associate Provost for Academic Programs at the University of Missouri (MU). Dr. Martens received a BA from Boston College in 1995, an MA from the University of North Carolina in 1997, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 2002. His primary research interest is in the area of health psychology, particularly addictive behaviors. He has been either a principal or co-investigator on multiple federally and foundation-funded studies examining the efficacy of brief motivational interventions at reducing at-risk alcohol use and harmful gambling behaviors. He has over 125 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters to his credit.