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16 April 2013 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Immigration and Urban History Seminar

Dynamic Tensions: Charles Atlas, Immigrant Bodybuilders, and Eugenics, 1920-45

5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
Dominique Padurano, Scarsdale High School Comment: Martin Summers, Boston College

Rescheduled from March 19. This paper explores the paradox of bodybuilders such as Atlas espousing eugenics principles while highlighting their own allegedly innate weaknesses as a marketing strategy for their diet and exercise regimens. It also argues that both techniques functioned as assimilation strategies for the immigrant and ethnic bodybuilding community at a time when the U.S. was less than hospitable to foreigners.