“Pounded and punched and measured”: Anthropometrics and the Mount Holyoke Student Body

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From the 1880s through the mid 20th century, physical education instructors commonly took precise measurements of incoming and outgoing students to chart their fitness. In Archives and Special Collections, thick ledgers contain detailed information on hundreds of individual students throughout the heyday of this practice. But why did Mount Holyoke instructors invest countless hours measuring and remeasuring each student, noting weaknesses and improvements on a granular level? Dr. Frances Davey, Five College Women's Studies Research Center Associate and Assistant Professor of History at Florida Gulf Coast University, will talk about the goal of physical fitness: to mold a student body into a socially inoffensive agent of progressive change.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Dwight Hall, Archives Reading Room

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Event Topic

Academic, Health & Wellness, Research, Diversity & Inclusion, Cross-disciplinary

Event Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public, Staff


free, open to public

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