The Other Olympians, with Michael Waters

Fri. Jun 21, 2024 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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Trace the remarkable histories of transgender and gender nonconforming athletes in organized sports.

Book cover of The Other OlympiansIn his new book, The Other Olympians, journalist Michael Waters uncovers the gripping true stories of trans and intersex athletes at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. His research included work at the Library as the 2021–2022 Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar, a fellowship which promotes excellence in LGBTQ studies. The Other Olympians reveals the long history of gender diversity in organized sports and adds crucial context to contemporary culture wars over gender in sports.

Waters discusses what’s behind our nearly century-long obsession with surveilling and cataloging gender in organized sports. 

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Michael Waters headshotMichael Waters has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, WIRED, Slate, Vox, and elsewhere. He was the 2021–22 New York Public Library Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar in LGBTQ studies and lives in Brooklyn.


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Lenox and Astor Room, Room 216 The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
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