The Boys in the Boat:
The History & Politics That
Changed the World
Thursday, February 5
4pm, Location: TBC
Adolf Hitler sought to use the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin to convince the world's people of the superiority of his political ideology and of the "Aryan" race. The success of some U.S. athletes, most notably sprinter Jesse Owens and the University of Washington crew - "the boys in the boat" – challenged Hitler's carefully crafted narrative. The panelists in this discussion will explore the relationships among politics, sports and popular culture in the US and the Third Reich.
Kevin Leonard, History
Prof. Leonard's research focuses on the history of racial ideologies and the experiences of African Americans in the 20th century United States. He teaches courses in African American history, LGBT history, and the history of the Pacific Northwest.
Sheila Webb, Journalism
Prof. Webb teaches visual journalism, research methods, and history and ethics of media. Her publications analyze the role of magazines in American life and culture, focusing in particular on the 1930s & ‘40s.
Cornelius Partsch, Modern & Classical Languages
Prof. Partsch teaches in the German Section in Modern and Classical Languages. His research focuses on German popular culture with an emphasis on popular music, film, soccer, and crime & spy fiction of the 20th and 21st centuries. He teaches courses at all levels of the German curriculum.