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.

Disability Pride Madison 2015

The 2015 Disability Pride Festival took place Saturday, July 25th at Brittingham Park. People of all ages came together to enjoy good food, healthy living exhibitions including yoga and mindfulness instruction, and a variety of live performances from Ricardo Vasquez, Elaine Kolb, Tani Diakite & Afrofunkstars, Jonny T-Bird and the MPs, and more.

Disability Aesthetics: Reframing Disability in Artistic, Curatorial, Material, and Visual Practice

Disability Aesthetics: Reframing Disability in Artistic, Curatorial, Material, and Visual Practice is a two-day symposium at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, January 28 – 29, 2015, featuring Ann M. Fox (Professor of English at Davidson College), Katherine Ott (Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History), and selected readings from Tobin SiebersDisability Aesthetics (The V.L. Parrington Collegiate Professor of Literary and Cultural Criticism at the University of Michigan). This symposium is made possible through the generous support of the Anonymous Fund, The Jay & Ruth Halls Visiting Scholar Fund, and as a part of the Disability Activism Workshop through the A.W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at UW-Madison with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Disability Aesthetics is sponsored by UW-Madison’s Art History Department and the Departments of English, History, Communication Arts, Gender & Women’s Studies, The Center for Visual Culture, The Material Culture Program and with community support from the Madison Disability Pride organization.

Disability Pride Madison 2014

July 26, 2014 saw Madison’s second annual Disability Pride Festival, held at Brittingham Park. As well as free adaptive yoga and mindful meditation classes and massage therapy, attendees enjoyed musical performances from a variety of solo and group acts (schedule of events listed below).

Main Stage – 12:00
Mayor’s Proclamation
Tara Ayres with Barb Cheron, Tom Heaney and Dana Belie

1:00 pm 
Lewis Elder
Celebrating the ADA
The EDS Singers

2:00 pm 
The Figureheads
Amy Bleile, Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin 2012
VSA Choir of Madison

3:00 pm 
Tani Diakite & Afrofunkstars
Garner and Beth Moss

4:00 pm 
The Figureheads