Event: WWU hosts faculty discussions about 1936 Berlin Olympics

Western Washington University’s Western Reads program will host a pair of faculty panel discussions about the societal and historical impact of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which were designed to showcase Adolf Hitler’s master-race theory.

The events are in conjunction with this year’s Western Reads and Whatcom Reads! book selection, Daniel James Brown’s “The Boys in the Boat,” the story of the University of Washington crew team that won gold at the 1936 Olympics. The success of other athletes, from the UW crew team to African-American sprinter Jesse Owens, challenged Hitler’s ability to craft his narrative.

Both panel discussions will be held Thursday, Feb. 5, with Kevin Leonard from the history department, Sheila Webb from the journalism department, and Cornelius Partsch from modern and classical languages. The first panel takes place 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Academic Instructional Center West, room 204, on Western’s campus. The second panel is 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

The 4 p.m. panel campus will be livestreamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wwu-live-events1. Details: Dawn Dietrich, director of Western Reads and WWU English professor, at wwu.edu/westernreads.