Once a week learn about cutting edge academic and disability justice research straight from the people making these discoveries. Brought to you without jargon or need for former knowledge. Nothing about us, without us. Ask questions and discuss.
Thursday, July 30, 7PM EST
What is Disability Studies?
Devva Kasnitz, trained as a cultural geographer and a medical anthropologist. She has worked in the area of disability studies for the last 35 years. She is a founding member of the Society for Disability Studies and its current director and an adjunct professor at the City University of New York. She has published more than 50 books, chapters, and articles.
Thursday, August 6th, 7PM EST
Disability rights organizations often cast parents as adversaries: overprotective and clueless about how to best advocate for their children’s rights in a society that marginalizes the disabled. Parents may see disability rights activists as unrealistic warriors in a social justice fight they don’t want to join, and try to protect their kids from injury in that battle.Learn what anthropology can tell us about this tense relationship.
Allison Carey has been active in disability advocacy and politics her entire life. She focuses on segregation of people with intellectual disabilities in schools and institutions along with the controversies over forced sterilization, eugenics, marriage and procreation, and protection from the death penalty. She is expert in the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990.
Monday, August 10th, 2PM
Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice
Thursday, August 13th, 7PM EST
Wednesday, August 19th, 2PM EST
Disability Culture 20/20
In the mid-1990s, I wrote this definition of “DisabilityCulture”: “People with disabilities have forged a group identity. We share a common history of oppression and a common bond of resilience. We generate art, music, literature, and other expressions of our lives, our culture, infused from our experience of disability. Most importantly, we are proud of ourselves as people with disabilities. We claim our disabilities with pride as part of our identity. We are who we are: we are people with disabilities.”
Thirty years later, in 2020, Disability Culture has evolved and continues to do so. With the impact of huge changes in all of our lives in 2020, this session will explore Disability Culture from its beginnings to its explosion within the era of social media to life in the year of the pandemic.
rights for several decades.In the 1980 a need for knowledge about the history, ideologies, and diverse expressions of people with disabilities, he and Lydia Gonzales Brown established the Institute on Disability Culture. It promotes pride in the history, activities, and cultural identity of individuals with disabilities throughout the world.
“The lessons are in the telling, they provide a framework and a dwelling.” From the poem, “Tell Your Story,” by Steven E. Brown ©, All Rights Reserved, Institute on Disability Culture, 1994
Thursday, August 21
Disability Rights Denied, the first disabled American Revolutionaries. Laurel Daen will discuss the exclusion of disabled people from many legal and political rights (marriage, voting, property ownership, and more) around the time of the American Revolution. We’ll discuss how these exclusions were implemented and how disabled people resisted and fought for greater access and equality.
Laurel Daen is a National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow in Early American History and Culture at the College of William & Mary. She researches and writes about disability in American history, especially around the time of the American Revolution. Currently, she is finishing a book about disability and civil rights just after the nation’s founding. She is moving to Michigan this summer to join the University of Notre Dame as an Assistant Professor of American Studies.
Thursday, August 27, 2 PM EST
Wednesday, September 2, 2PM
“T4 Memorialization and the Holocaust in Germany Today”
Thursday, September 3rd, 2 PM