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Visiting Scholar Lecture (Religion in America): Dr. Amy L. Koehlinger

Penitent or Palooka?: Boxing, Bachelor Culture, and Catholic Manhood in the Early 20th Century

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This talk explores the historical causes for the affinity of American Catholics for boxing, arguing that--despite clear resonances of the sport with Catholic religious ideas about physical suffering and bloodshed--it was demography more than devotionalism that made boxing so central to Catholic culture in the early 20th century. Dr. Koehlinger is author of the forthcoming book “Rosaries and Rope Burns: Boxing and Manhood” (Princeton University Press, 2012) and The New Nuns: Racial Justice and Religious Reform in the 1960s (Harvard University Press, 2007). She is also completing a history of the Franciscan order in the U.S. She received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University and an MA in History from the University of Oregon.

Milam Hall (campus map)
Robert Peckyno
robert.peckyno at oregonstate.edu
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
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