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Celebrate Juneteenth with Mark Henry at The Strongman Project

In celebration of tomorrow’s Juneteenth holiday, I’ve published a new Feature over at The Strongman Project all about the life and strength career of Mark Henry. In a 2009 blog post titled “Broad Shoulders,” Terry Todd explains his detailed method for accurately measuring the width of Mark Henry’s shoulders. In the post’s final sentence, he...

June 18, 2021June 26, 2024
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, 2021June 21, 2024

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, 2021September 30, 2022
Sean Connery as a young bodybuilder, kneeling pose, flexing arms, chest, and left leg.

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, 2020May 20, 2021
Black and White Portrait of Dudley 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
Ryan Murtha's Headshot.

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 black fist, dusted with chalk, tape on the thumb, grips a barbell, alluding to the gesture of black power and solidarity in the context of strength training and physical culture.

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
Bodybuilder Stanley Rothwell, in a classical pose, from the Stanley Rothwell Collection.

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
Betty Weider at the 2011 Opening of the Joe and Betty Weider Museum of Physical Culture; the Wall of Icons panel for fitness star Jack LaLanne is in the background.

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