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Intersections (Dis)Ability and the Arts Speaker Series

Sponsored by the Soyka Fund for the Humanities, the Department of Fine Arts, and the Medical and Health Humanities program, this speaker series examines the intersections between the arts and disability studies.

  • Intersection of Disciplines. By emphasizing an intersection of disciplines, this program examines different ways of knowing by exploring the shifting boundaries between ability and “disability.
  • Intersection of Communities. Because disability is a human condition—one largely shaped by societal forces—this program provides for a public forum of exchange between different perspectives, including but not limited to: health care practitioners, scholars in the humanities, musicians, writers, and visual artists. 
  • Intersection of Practices. By presenting different perspectives on mental and physical disabilities, this series encourages participants to compare and contrast different practices employed in art and medicine.
  • Intersection of Narratives. As the identification and medicalized approach to disability has changed and as our propensity to qualitatively label disability has largely depended on the stories we share, musicians, writers, and visual artists have played an important role in understanding human experience. This series sheds light on the factors that have contributed to these shifting views.

All events are free and open to the public.