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World War II and American Culture Expert to Discuss Historical Effects of Louis vs. Schmeling

November 8, 2005, Chicago, IL- Loyola University Chicago and its Alumni and Special Events office announce plans for a book signing and reception, to be held Monday, November 21, 2005 at 6:00 p.m., with Department of History professor, Dr. Lewis Erenberg. An authority on World War II and American culture, Dr. Erenberg will be on hand to discuss his new book, “The Greatest Fight of Our Generation: Louis vs. Schmeling” (Oxford University Press, October 2005, $28.00). The free event, co-sponsored by the Loyola Library Speaker Series, is to be held in the 10th Floor Reading Room of Lewis Library (25 E. Pearson) on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, and is open to the public.

In his book, Dr. Erenberg examines a vibrant portrait of Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, their individual careers, and their two epic fights, shedding light on what these fights represented to their nations, and why their second bout in 1938 took on such international importance. Set against a backdrop of the Great Depression and World War II, Erenberg captures not only the excitement, but also the importance of boxing’s heavyweight championship. He offers the boxers themselves and the fights they waged, but equally important, he shows how the historical context-racial divisions, economic collapse, international conflict-elevated great fighters like Joe Louis and Max Schmeling to the level of gods. In the process, Erenberg gives a stirring and insightful account of one of the great moments in boxing history.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 14,000 students, which includes 9,000 undergraduates, hailing from all 50 states, as well as 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses, three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies and social work. Loyola offers 66 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees and 36 doctoral degrees and 3 professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.




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