Upcoming Talk by Ato Quayson

Ato Quayson
Professor of English, University of Toronto and Visiting
Professor of English, New York University

WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 7:30 PM

WHERE: H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building, 330 North Orchard Street

Image of Ato Quayson giving a lecture Reflections on Interdisciplinarity: From Oxford Street to African Literature and Somewhere in Between
Ato Quayson is a scholar of African literature, disability studies, diaspora studies, and urban studies. In this Humanities Without Boundaries lecture, Quayson will discuss his award-winning book, Oxford Street, Accra: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism, and how its examination of interdisciplinarity has impacted how he thinks about literature and other fields.

Upcoming Reading and Talk by Patrick Anderson

Upcoming Reading and Talk
Patrick Anderson
author of Autobiography of a Disease

Monday, 8 October at 4 PM
reading and talk at the University of Wisconsin Creative Writing Program
6191 Helen C White Hall

Wednesday, 10 October at 7 PM
reading with Madison Poet: “T Banks” at “Arts + Literature Laboratory
2011 Winnebago Street

Thursday, 11 October at 7 PM
and as part of the “Wisconsin Book Festival” in the session of”Big Ideas for Busy People Contagion!
Discover Building, 330 N. Orchard Street

Autobiography of a Disease documents, in experimental form, the experience of extended life-threatening illness in contemporary US hospitals and clinics. The book blends the genres of storytelling, historiography, ethnography, and memoir. Unlike most medical memoirs, told from the perspective of the human patient, Autobiography of a Disease is told from the perspective of a bacterial cluster. This orientation is intended to represent the distribution of perspectives on illness, disability, and pain across subjective centers—from patient to monitoring machine, from body to cell, from caregiver to cared-for—and thus makes sense of illness only in a social context. The narrative is based primarily on the author’s sudden and catastrophic collapse into a coma and long hospitalization thirteen years ago; but it has also been crafted from twelve years of research on the history of microbiology, literary representations of illness and medical treatment, cultural analysis of MRSA in the popular press, and extended autoethnographic work on medicalization.

Patrick Anderson works at the interstices of performance studies and cultural studies, focusing in particular on the constitutive role of violence, mortality, and pain in the production and experience of political subjectivity. Anderson is Associate Professor in the departments of Communication, Ethnic Studies, and Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of So Much Wasted: Hunger, Performance, and the Morbidity of Resistance (Duke UP, 2010), Autobiography of a Disease (Routledge, 2017; winner of the ICQI Book Award and finalist for the Many Voices Prize), and Empathy’s Others (forthcoming); the co-editor, with Jisha Menon, of Violence Performed: Local Roots and Global Routes of Conflict (Palgrave, 2009); and the author, interviewer, or co-author of numerous essays and book chapters in journals and anthologies. Anderson serves on the editorial boards of Women and Performance and Cultural Studies, and is the co-editor, with Nicholas Ridout, of the “Performance Works” book series at Northwestern University Press. He was a core member of the UC Office of the President Multi-campus Research Group on International Culture and Performance, and formerly served as the Vice-President of the American Society for Theater Research. Anderson currently serves on the editorial board of the University of California Press, and has been appointed to the community review board on police practices for the city of San Diego

Upcoming Talk by Allison Hobgood

Upcoming Talk
Allison Hobgood, Associate Professor, Willamette University

WHEN: Tuesday, March 5, 6:00PM

WHERE: 7191 H.C. White Hall

This talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Disability Studies Initiative, the McBurney Center, the Renaissance Colloquium of the English Department, and is made possible by the generous support of the Anonymous Fund. CART services will be available at the talk, and H.C. White hall has disability parking in its internal lot. If you have questions about access, please contact Elizabeth Bearden; ebearden@wisc.edu

Nyle DiMarco Visit

Nyle DiMarco is Coming to UW-Madison

January 30th, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Nyle DiMarco
Activist for the deaf community, winner of “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 22, an actor in “Switched at Birth” and the winner of season 22 of “Dancing with the Stars.”

DiMarco will be coming to UW–Madison Jan. 30 to talk about his journey and being an activist for the deaf community. DiMarco will meet with deaf and hard of hearing students in the afternoon, then all of campus is invited to attend “An Evening with Nyle DiMarco” presented by the WUD Distinguished Lecture Series. The events are cosponsored by The McBurney Disability Resource Center, which works to ensure campus is inclusive and accommodating for students with disabilities.

For more information, check out the UW News Page.

Katherine Lewis talk: Thurs, 12/8

Mathematical Learning Disability Through a Vygotskian Lens: Difference, Re-mediation, and Compensation

WHEN: Thursday, December 8th, 11:00AM-12:00PM

WHERE: 220 Teacher Education Building

Screen Shot 2016-12-05 at 1.09.34 PMMathematical learning disability (i.e., dyscalculia) is a neurological difference in how individuals process numerical information. Prior research on mathematical learning disability (MLD) has primarily relied upon quantitative comparisons of students with and without MLD in order to identify the ways in which students with MLD are deficient. In this presentation, I argue that this deficit orientation is problematic and I offer an alternative. I draw upon and elaborate three of Vygotsky’s central ideas about disability: difference, mediation, and compensation. Through illustrative examples I demonstrate how Vygotsky’s theories focused on developmental difference, mediation, and compensation can provide a more productive and non-deficit approach to the study of MLD. 

Call for Participation: Spring 2017 Faculty Development Seminar

Spring 2017 Faculty  Development Seminar

Disability Studies in the Humanities

Led by Elizabeth B. Bearden (English) and Ellen Samuels (Gender and Women’s Studies)

Deadline: Thursday, December 15, 2016

Applications submitted by the deadline will receive full consideration for a $500 stipend for allowable research expenses. Additional inquiries may be submitted up to the beginning of the Spring 2017 semester.

To apply to participate, please send the following materials as a single PDF to fds@humanities.wisc.edu with the subject line “Disability Studies Application”:

1) a 1-2 page letter outlining your interest in the seminar
2) curriculum vitae

A full description of the seminar, including its readings, can be found here. The seminar will meet ten times during a semester in two-hour sessions; the meeting schedule will be set in consultation with seminar members. Questions should be directed to Megan Massino (massino@wisc.edu).

Disability Pride Festival 2016

Disability Pride Festival 2016 – Brittingham Park – Madison, Wisconsin

July 30th, Noon to 5:00 PM

Gaelynn Lea, headliner of Disability Pride Festival 2016 and winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest

The 2016 edition of the annual Disability Pride Festival will be held on July 30th! This festival, put on by Disability Pride Madison, is entering its 4th year of celebrating the talent and pride of the largest and most diverse minority in the United States: Individuals with disabilities. Events will take place between Noon and 5:00 PM in Brittingham Park and will include a variety of unique exhibitions and performances!

For more information, visit the Disability Pride Madison page or RSVP on the Facebook or Google Plus event pages.

Borghesi-Mellon Workshops

The Borghesi-Mellon Workshops, held by the Center for Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, are a series of collaborative, interdisciplinary events designed to bring together students and faculty in service of exploring a variety of topics. The 2015-2016 series of Workshops specifically aim to bring focus to new directions in disability work in the humanities, with an eye to disability justice and transnational work in disability.

Upcoming Workshops:

Mia Mingus Keynote Address

WHEN: 4:00PM, October 23, 2015

WHERE: 1310 Sterling Hall

This event free and open to the public, is wheelchair accessible, and will feature American Sign Language interpretation and Real-Time Captioning. The talk will be followed by a reception.

In her talk, Mingus will share some of her visions and lessons from her work on transformative justice and life-long activism and organizing. More people than ever are hungry for responses to violence that don’t rely on police, prisons or the criminal legal system; and are recognizing the intersectional nature of these responses as both a great challenge and great opportunity in liberation and social justice work. Transformative Justice and community accountability (TJCA) offer compelling analysis and visions, but the gulf between this and the practice of TJCA seems impassable. How do we begin to engage in this work, especially when we know that addressing intimate and state violence continue to be integral to ending gender oppression and giving us any shot at the world we long for.


About Mia Mingus

An Evening With R.J. Mitte

WHEN: 7:30-9:00PM on September 30, 2015

WHERE: Shannon Hall, Memorial Union

R.J. Mitte co-stared in AMC’s highly successful, Emmy-winning drama “Breaking Bad”; as Walter White Jr., son of the cancer-stricken science-teacher-turned-drug-manufacture, Walter White. Mitte, just like his character, has cerebral palsy. Mitte spent much of his childhood in both Austin, TX and Lafayette, LA where he learned to deal with and overcome many of the challenges presented by his cerebral palsy. In 2005, he arrived in Hollywood, where his acting career began with background roles on such TV series as “Hannah Montana” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” His big break came in 2008 with “Breaking Bad” which he viewed as the “perfect role” to enlighten a broader audience about people with disabilities.Beyond his acting, R.J. Mitte is involved with several organizations that raise awareness of equality and diversity. He is the Youth Spokesperson for the National Disability Institute’s Real Economic Impact Tour, which works to improve the financial situation of low-income persons with disabilities. He is also a spokesperson for “I AM PWD” the tri-union campaign (SAG, AFTRA, Actors’ Equity) that advocates for actors with disabilities. In 2011, Mitte became a Celebrity Youth Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy. Doors open at Shannon Hall at 7PM. Reception will follow from 9–10PM in the Sunset Lounge.