Morton Gernsbacher talk April 26, 4 PM

Humans differ. Most read with their eyes, but some read with their fingertips. The majority communicates by speaking and listening, but a minority communi cates by signing. Humans are diverse, and so are our brains. When should neuroscientists accentuate these differences – and when shouldn’t they? Why should individuals, themselves, accept their brain differences? And how can we, as a society, accommodate those brain differences?

WHEN: THU APR 16, 4 pm WHERE: Room 107, Brogden


Flyer for Gernsbacher talk featuring an image of hands in the shape of a brain


Margaret Price visits Madison

Brownbag discussion with Professor Price Friday, Feb. 20th, 12:00-1:00pm The Bunge Room (formerly SLIS Commons) 4207 Helen C. White Hall

Our discussion will focus on the question of how to actualize access in spaces of higher education, including classrooms, and also meetings, conferences, etc. In particular, we’ll think about ways that mental disability and other less-recognized forms of disability might push our thinking about access in higher-ed spaces.

Please RSVP to Elisabeth Miller at to receive readings for this event.

Transient Spaces and the Traces They Leave: Practicing Access in Higher Education Friday, Feb. 20th, 3:30-5:00pm Red Gym, On Wisconsin Room

In this talk, Margaret Price advances a theory of “crip space/time,” drawing upon concepts from classical rhetoric, architecture, and design. Arguing that access is a practice, not an event, Price offers findings from her new research on mental disability in higher education, and suggests ways that the practice of access can be implemented more democratically in the everyday spaces of academic life.

The organizers ask that you please refrain from wearing scented products to these events.

If you need an accommodation to attend this event, please contact Elisabeth Miller, Event Coordinator, at 507-884-6634 or Requests for sign language interpreters, real time captioning, Braille or electronic documents should be made by February 13th. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date but cannot guarantee they will be met.

Professor Price’s visit is generously sponsored by the UW Madison Anonymous Fund and as a part of the Disability Activism Workshop sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at UW-Madison with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“Overcoming the Overcome”

Manuel (photo)

Manuel Herrero-Puertas

Manuel Herrero-Puertas, a PhD candidate in English, has written an essay on disability and disability studies for UW’s Center for the Humanities. Manuel’s research examines the intersections between nineteenth-century discourses of disability in the Americas and the corporeal allegories of nation and empire that crop up in the literature of that period. Read it here.

Disability Pride Madison 2013

On July 27, 2013, Madison held its first ever Disability Pride celebration at Brittingham Park. Attendees were treated to entertainment by renowned poet and performer Jim Ferris, marimba artist Ricardo Vasquez (Beautiful Music, Beautiful Mind), Eileen Rosensteel (The Amazing Fat Lady Show!), The Sweetness of Gone (Transformational Folk Trio), Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars (Malian Blues-Funk Band), and J. Ware (poet and activist). Thanks to everyone for their hard work — we can’t wait for next year!

Listen to WORT’s interview with featured artists Eileen Rosenteel, Jim Ferris, Sarita Karon, and members the Disability Pride planning committee here.


DSI faculty Ellen Samuels and Jenell Johnson holding their volunteer badges at Disability Pride.