When: July 27 and 28, 2012
Where: University of Minnesota - West Bank
"Perspectives: Past, Present and Future of Disability Studies"
The disability community is at a crossroads: many historic victories have been made for rights and inclusion while the emergence of Disability Studies as a field has expanded boundaries of knowledge, understanding and experience. Yet, new demands and challenges at many junctures threaten the advances made by the disability community and force us to reconsider our own assumptions and adapt to emerging issues.
This year's Disability Studies Symposium will focus on the history and future of disability rights under the theme, "Perspectives: Past, Present and Future of Disability Studies." This conference will bring together scholars and professionals working in disability studies or disability-related fields for a weekend of shared research, community and dynamic interdisciplinary discussion.
Keynotes and Entertainment
The Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies is pleased to welcome two Keynote speakers for the conference: Kim Nielsen, Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo; and John Tschida, Vice President, Public Affairs and Research, at the Courage Center. Conference participants will also get to experience a Saturday evening performance by the Twin Cities dance group, "Young Dance." The conference will also include a reading by poet Katie Hae Leo.
Registration is free, although space is limited this year. Please RSVP by July 16.
Meals will be provided at no charge during both conference days, and vegetarian meals will be available. If you have special dietary needs, please e-mail Rachel (email@example.com). Donations to help off-set the cost of this year's complimentary meals are welcome and may be made on site.
Lodging for conference participants who are traveling to attend is available from the Days Inn Hotel - University Avenue SE. Participants must pay for their own lodging but can receive a special conference rate of $75 per night. Participants must make their reservation as soon as possible in order to receive the special rate. Participants should indicate that they are part of the Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies when they book.
Participants who would like to request disability accommodations should e-mail Jonathon (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
Tentative Presentation Schedule
This schedule is subject to minor changes. Please return to visit frequently.
Friday, July 27
9:00 - 9:45 - Erica Warnock, "Disability Studies and Medical Education" Download Presentation
10:00 - 10:45 - Misa Kayama and Wendy Haight, "Disability, Stigma, and Development: A Japanese Case Study" Download Presentation
11:00 - 11:45 -Jean Higbee and Ashley Horton, "Fulfilling the Promise of Universal Design in Higher Education: Preparing Future Faculty and Student Development Professionals" Download Presentation
12:00 - 12:45 - Keynote address by Kim Nielsen Ph.D,
1:00 - 2:30 - Lunch
3:00 - 3:45 -Richard Clarke Eckert, Ph.D, "Deaf Real Utopias: Deconstructing the "Logic" of Audism" Download Presentation
4:00 - 4:45 - Kelly-Nye Lengerman, "Minnesota's Mental Health System and the American Public Welfare Association: An Opportunity for Progressive Reforms 1940 and Beyond"
5:30 PM-performance by "Young Dance"
6:30 p.m - pizza with "Young Dance" performers
Saturday, July 28
9:00 - 9:45 -Rabia Belt, "Why Do People with Mental Disabilities Lack the Right to Vote?"
11:00 - 11:45 -John Tschida keynote address
12:00 - 1:30 - Lunch
2: 00- Move to Afro Deli for remainder of conference
2: 30-3:15 PM- Nina Robins-Byrnes, Ph.D, "Exploring Intimacy after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) for TBI Survivors and Their Partners" Download Presentation
3: 30 -4:15 PM-Angela Carter, Ph.D. student, "Reconsidering Chaos: A Queer Critique of Disability Narrative Theory" Download Paper
5:00 PM - dinner banquet at Afro Deli
7 PM "Colors of Disability"-featuring Horace Parlan on Horace Parlan (film about an African-American expatriate jazz pianist with post- polio syndrome) and Music by Prudence (film about a band of musicians with disabilities from Zimbabwe) Reading by Katie Hae Leo, Korean-American poet.