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Natalia Mehlman Petrzela: Fit Nation Jews, Exercise, and the Making of Modern American Fitness Culture

June 6 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Stereotypes about Jewish physical weakness have meant that the crucial role of Jews in making American fitness culture has often been overlooked — despite the 19th century tradition of muscular Judaism established precisely to challenge these assumptions. Join historian Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, author of Fit Nation: The Gains and Pains of America’s Exercise Obsession, for an exciting talk and conversation about how and why Jews were so influential — but understudied — in shaping American fitness.