‘The Diverse Roots of Physical Culture’
Fri, March 7, 2014 • 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206
British physical culture can be traced along a circuitous route from the ancient Greeks to Germany and thence through Scotland to England, where it displayed more of a class than a nationalistic flavor. So vulnerable was the British version to external influences that it was less culturally confining than other national traditions in the twentieth century, falling prey to neither commercialism nor ideological entrapment. So eclectic were the origins that one must ask whether British physical culture is a non-British or at least a non-English phenomenon.
John Fair earned his Ph.D. at Duke University (1970) under the supervision of William Baskerville Hamilton. He has held faculty appointments in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Maine, and Georgia, teaching British history for 45 years. His major fields of publication include British history, Southern history, and physical culture. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology and Health Education at the Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports at the University of Texas.