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Pride not Pity: Disability as Culture
April 21, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pmFree
Part of the series: Critical Conversations About Diversity and Justice
The umbrella term “disability community” represents a diverse group encompassing a wide range of characteristics, experiences, and perspectives. While some maintain that the concept of “disability culture” strengthens the struggle for disability rights through shared planning and strategizing, others are concerned that solidarity as a larger group may renew historic patterns of discrimination and marginalization.
Achieving inclusion is an ongoing struggle, and some argue that ‘disability culture’ is important in celebrating the “uniqueness” of disability, building intersectional alliances across disabilities, race, gender, sexuality, and class, among other social identities, and advancing an agenda for rights and recognition. Scholar and activist Carol Gill writes, “As disabled people recognize and appreciate their shared social experience, this growing group identity forms the foundation of a counter-culture disability pride movement analogous historically to the cultural efforts of other minority groups in their search for unity and positive identity.”
Engage in a conversation with diverse panelists from the disability community to gain greater understanding of the implications of disability culture within disabled communities and for American culture at large.
Angela Carter, Ph.D. Candidate/Graduate Instructor, Department of Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts; Co-Founder, Critical Disability Studies Collaborative; and member, Society for Disability Studies Queer Caucus Steering Committee; Jacob Colon, University of Minnesota graduate in Child Psychology; former Advisor, Disability Student Cultural Center, and former member, Disability Resources Student Advisory Committee; Wendy Harbour, Director, National College Center for Students with Disabilities, AHEAD; Amy Hewitt, Research Manager, Adult Services, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development. Moderator: Tammy Berberi, Associate Professor, French, University of Minnesota Morris, and former President of the Society for Disability Studies.
About the series
The Critical Conversations About Diversity and Justice series began in September 2012. All sessions are livestreamed and video recorded, so past sessions can be accessed at any time. Every conversation in the series takes place on a Friday, from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the Givens Conference Room (120 Elmer Andersen Library, on the U’s West Bank Campus).
The Critical Conversations series is sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity and co-sponsored by the University Libraries. These conversations are open to all students, staff, faculty and community members, and do not require a reservation. Please use the hashtag #OEDCriticalConversation on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).