Immigration and Urban History Seminar Canceled:
Dynamic Tensions: Charles Atlas, Immigrant Bodybuilders, and Eugenics, 1920-45
16 April 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM 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.