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Josh Rosenblatt on His Book: Why We Fight: One Man’s Search For Meaning Inside The Ring

  • St. Francis College, Room 4202 180 Remsen Street Brooklyn United States (map)

Fall 2019 St. Francis College Senior Citizen Lecture Series: American Studies & Social Justice

Tuesdays @ 11:10am in Room 4202

Open to the Public // Reception to Follow

Organized by Athena Devlin (English) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

More info: Contact Dr. Devlin (adevlin@sfc.edu) or 718-489-5446

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When Josh Rosenblatt fought his first mixed martial arts match at age 40, he did so as a lifelong pacifist and romantic in search of a new, transformative experience. Why We Fight follows his yearlong journey from the gym to the cage as he confronts his most deep-seated fears and tosses away his instincts toward self-preservation for the sake of liberation. NPR notes, Fighting doesn't have to be about survival. It doesn't even have to be about pride. At least, this is what Josh Rosenblatt contends in Why We Fight: One Man's Search for Meaning Inside the Ring. He intends to impress that to fight is to know who you are in a very immediate sense. Fighting, as he sees it, is the pursuit of active self-knowledge through self-endangerment, pain and risk. It's about facing and embracing what is dangerous and, in a way, making it beautiful.”

Josh Rosenblatt is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in VICE, the Texas Observer, and the Austin Chronicle. Between 2012 and 2014 he was the editor-in-chief of Fightland, VICE Media’s mixed martial arts publication.