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Karen Eva Carr

Shifting Currents: A World History of Swimming

Karen Eva Carr received her BA from Cornell University and her MA and PhD, in classical art and archaeology, from the University of Michigan. She is now associate professor (Emerita) in the Department of History at Portland State University. Her published work includes Vandals to Visigoths: Rural Settlement Patterns in the Guadalquivir Valley, various work on Roman pottery from Mediterranean excavations, and her newest book, Shifting Currents: A World History of Swimming 

Shifting Currents: A World History of Swimming is a deep dive into the history of aquatics that exposes centuries-old tensions of race, gender, and power at the root of many contemporary swimming controversies. Using archaeological, textual, and art-historical sources, Karen Eva Carr shows how the water attracted non-swimming northerners even as they perceived others’ swimming as uncanny, related to witchcraft and sin. As Carr reveals, this unresolved tension still sexualizes women’s swimming and marginalizes Black and Indigenous swimmers today. 

October 24, 4 - 5pm, Monday

Speaker Schedule

Karen Eva Carr + Rachel Simon

Shifting Currents: A World History of Swimming is a deep dive into the history of aquatics that exposes centuries-old tensions of race, gender, and power at the root of many contemporary swimming controversies. Using archaeological, textual, and art-historical sources, it shows how the water attracted non-swimming northerners even as they perceived others’ swimming as uncanny, related to witchcraft and sin. This unresolved tension still sexualizes women’s swimming and marginalizes Black and Indigenous swimmers today.

An entertaining and comprehensive look at the America’s fastest growing sport, Pickleball for All is the ultimate primer for any level of player interested in the wacky history, unique rules, and exciting future of pickleball. From the history of the game to the basic rules (hint: you do not want to be caught in the “kitchen” during a volley), Simon offers a complete overview for casual and expert players alike. In addition, Simon weaves in inspiring stories from the world’s top players during their most exciting pickleball moments.

4-5 p.m., virtual

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