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Celebrating the Life

October 31, 2012 - 1:33pm

EVENT: “Science Study Break: Superhuman Strength.” The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2011.

WHERE: Student Activity Center Auditorium (SAC 1.402) at The University of Texas at Austin.

    BACKGROUND: The University of Texas Libraries get back to the (comic) books with a Science Study Break review of superhuman strength.

Dr. Jan and Dr. Terry Todd of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports look at the strength of superheroes like Batman, the Hulk and the Avengers, and discuss the realities of human strength.

Between them, the Todds have published numerous authoritative books on subjects related to kinesiology and strength training, including Inside Powerlifting (Terry Todd, Contemporary Books, 1978); Fitness for Athletes (Terry Todd, Contemporary Books, 1978); Herschel Walker’s Basic Training (Terry Todd, Doubleday, 1985 & 1989, Lift Your Way to Youthful Fitness: The Comprehensive Guide to Weight Training (Jan and Terry Todd, Little, Brown and Company, 1985) and Physical Culture and the Body Beautiful: Purposive Exercise in the Lives of American Women (Jan Todd, Mercer University Press, 1998).

The Todds established the Stark Center with an extensive collection of materials related to physical culture and sports that they had amassed over their careers — Todd-McLean Collection — and with the financial support through gifts from the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation and Joe and Betty Weider.

“Science Study Break: Superhuman Strength” happens on Wednesday, November 7, from 6:30-7:30p.m. at the Student Activity Center Auditorium (SAC 1.402) at The University of Texas at Austin.

This event is free and open to the public, and there will be free pizza from Austin's Pizza (while it lasts).

Pop culture and the academy collide as Science Study Break features relevant faculty and experts from the University of Texas at Austin discussing the reality and fantasy portrayed as fact in science-themed television and movies. Science Study Break is hosted by the University of Texas Libraries and supported by the University Federal Credit Union.

 

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