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Clyde Littlefield & The Texas Relays

Clyde Littlefield & The Texas Relays

After last year’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays are back! This year’s meet is slightly different than usual. It will not include high school teams or individual athletes and it will take place over three days instead of four. The Clyde Littelfield Texas Relays is one of the nation’s...

March 27, 2021April 7, 2021

A New Page for Academic Conferences and Symposiums

As many of you know, The Stark Center hosted a virtual conference on January 15, 2021, called Physical Cultures of the Body. Twenty-one scholars representing thirteen different countries presented papers on the symbolic and cultural importance of the healthy and active body with reference to issues of race, gender, injury, strength, performance, eugenics, and much...

March 19, 2021March 19, 2021
Remembering Sean Connery as a Bodybuilder and Athlete

Remembering Sean Connery as a Bodybuilder and Athlete

  Thomas Sean Connery’s breakthrough as an actor came in 1962 when he was cast in the role of James Bond, Agent 007 of the British Secret Intelligence Service, a fictional character adapted for the screen from Ian Fleming’s spy novels. Connery portrayed Bond in seven films, all of which were immensely successful. The worldwide...

November 4, 2020November 5, 2020
Stark Center materials quoted in an article on Dudley Allen Sargent

Stark Center materials quoted in an article on Dudley Allen Sargent

An article about Dudley Allen Sargent, “Belfast man pioneered physical education, influenced basketball’s creation and field hockey’s U.S. introduction”, published in the Penobscot Bay Pilot quotes some resources at the Stark Center.  The article quotes Jason P. Shurley, Jan Todd and Terry Todd’s book Strength Coaching in America: A History of the Innovation That Transformed...

October 5, 2020October 5, 2020
Congratulations to Ryan Murtha!

Congratulations to Ryan Murtha!

Ryan’s essay, “Untangling the Differences between Live and Filmed Sport, or Why are Sports Movies Bad?” was selected for the R. Scott Kretchmar Student Essay Award by the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS). A three-member IAPS panel grants the award to an essay of outstanding quality addressing any philosophical issue arising in...

July 6, 2020July 6, 2020
A Statement on Racial Injustice

A Statement on Racial Injustice

We at the Stark Center would like to offer our support to those courageous folks currently seeking solutions to the racial injustices which have plagued this nation since its founding. These deep-rooted issues permeate all facets of American life, including public health, as we’ve seen during the current COVID-19 pandemic, but also the realm of...

June 6, 2020June 10, 2020
Lunchtime Lecture with Dr. Broderick Chow on April 25th from 12-1pm

Lunchtime Lecture with Dr. Broderick Chow on April 25th from 12-1pm

Please join us for a special lunchtime lecture with Dr. Broderick Chow, Senior Lecturer in Theatre at Brunel University London, based on his paper Becoming an Image: The Practiced Life of Stanley Rothwell. Dr. Chow’s research examines performance, art, and physical culture, and in this talk, he will explore physicality, performance, and self-presentation in Rothwell’s...

April 18, 2018June 9, 2020
On the First Lady of Fitness, Betty Weider

On the First Lady of Fitness, Betty Weider

Although Joe and Ben Weider are both widely recognized for their many contributions to fitness, most Americans know less about Betty Weider’s long involvement with fitness and the important role she played in launching the women’s fitness movement of the 1980s. This recent article does a nice job of highlighting some of her contributions. We...

June 6, 2016June 9, 2020

Clarence Bass at the Stark Center – Conference on Exercise Science and his New Book Take Charge.

Join us to celebrate the new book Take Charge: Fitness at the Edge of Science and the lifelong achievements of the author and bodybuilder Clarence Bass at a symposium on the role of science in exercise prescription.  Three panels led by world-renowned experts will discuss the implications of recent research on physical training.  The symposium...

September 5, 2013June 9, 2020
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