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Bonnie Tsui in conversation with Mary Melton discusses “Why We Swim”

April 23 @ 6:30 pm


Join us on Thursday, April 23rd at 6:30 pm for a virtual event with Bonnie Tsui to discuss Why We Swim! Joining her in conversation will be Alta Magazine editor-at-large Mary Melton.
This event is free to attend and will be held on Crowdcast. Register here.

An immersive, unforgettable, and eye-opening perspective on swimming — and on human behavior itself.

We swim in freezing Arctic waters and piranha-infested rivers to test our limits. We swim for pleasure, for exercise, for healing. But humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers. We must be taught. Our evolutionary ancestors learned for survival; now, in the twenty-first century, swimming is one of the most popular activities in the world.

Why We Swim is propelled by stories of Olympic champions, a Baghdad swim club that meets in Saddam Hussein’s palace pool, modern-day Japanese samurai swimmers, and even an Icelandic fisherman who improbably survives a wintry six-hour swim after a shipwreck. New York Times contributor Bonnie Tsui, a swimmer herself, dives into the deep, from the San Francisco Bay to the South China Sea, investigating what about water — despite its dangers — seduces us and why we come back to it again and again.

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