Fit Nation: The Gains and Pains of America’s Exercise Obsession

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February 13, 2023
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Health and Health Care, Public Health

The Department of Historical Studies at the New School in New York City proudly invites you to join Professor Natalia Mehlman Petrzela in conversation about her most recent publication Fit Nation: The Gains and Pains of America’s Exercise Obsession. In this book, Professor Mehlman Petrezela delves into the past, present, and future of United States fitness culture, which the New York Times has called “a whirlwind journey,” the Washington Post describes as “combining an academic approach with an activist’s urgency,” and the Wall Street Journal recommends for its "quick-lap pace" and "exciting turncoat vigor."

This event is part of the Critical History Today lecture series, the themes of which build upon our shared commitment to developing modes of historical analysis that speak to the urgent concerns of the present and that promote rigorous engagement between history and other branches of the humanities and social sciences.

Presented by the History department at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and Historical Studies department at The New School for Social Research.

Cost and Location

This event is free with registration. Located at 6 East 16th Street Room 1103 Wolff Conference Room. This event will run from 6:00 - 8:00pm.


The New School has partnered with CLEAR to utilize Health Pass, an online tool that safely and simply verifies proof of COVID-19 vaccination. To get started, download the CLEAR app and enroll for free: All guests should create a free CLEAR account and complete the checklist for entry requirements prior to the event.

Wearing a mask is strongly recommended but not required on campus.

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Contact Info: 

Tahera Tajbhai, Senior Secretary

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