Flexibility and Its Discontents: Rethinking Disability in Academic Spaces

On Monday, March 2, 2015, Professors Stephanie L. Kerschbaum (English, University of Delaware) and Margaret Price (English, Spelman College) gave a talk titled “Flexibility and Its Discontents: Rethinking Disability in Academic Spaces.” This was the second spring event in the Doyle Film & Culture Series, and a collaboration with the Engelhard Program, the Georgetown University Lecture Fund, the Lannan Center for Poetics & Social Practice, the Georgetown University Department of English, the Lecture & Performance Series on Disability Justice, Leaders in Education About Diversity (LEAD), and the Academic Resource Center. The talk focused on “universal design” approaches to accessibility in higher education. They emphasized that to focus solely on accessibility issues limits us to one dimension that neglects the arts and community of disability culture. Professors Kerschbaum and Price noted the work of Lydia Brown (C’ 15), other students, faculty, and staff to create a Disability Studies minor and Disability Cultural Center at Georgetown.

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