This Lecture Series class aims to make visible, and challenge, ableism through an interdisciplinary encounter with historical and contemporary representations of disability in arts, philosophy, science, and activism. Embracing the social model that views disability as a product of societal barriers and attitudes, we will explore how ideas of “disability” and “normality” have changed over time and how they have been expressed in different cultures and contexts.  Focusing on positive representations that affirm radical diversity, intersectionality, and agency, we will seek to expand our vocabularies in order to contest ableist presuppositions about bodies, minds, and psyches, and to envision change.

The Lecture Series class has two components: bi-weekly public lectures by renowned disability scholars and weekly two-hour tutorials featuring presentations by disability researchers, artists, writers, and activists, and class discussion of selected texts focussed on the topic of disability.

Tuesday, 4:05-5:55 p.m., KTS Lecture Hall

Bi-weekly Public Lectures:  Tuesday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Alumni Hall