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Broadening UD’s Disabilities Studies Minor: Building Sustainable Interdisciplinary and Cross-College Engagement

Overview

Broadening UD’s Disabilities Studies Minor: Building Sustainable Interdisciplinary and Cross-College Engagement 2015 - 2016

Overview

Broadening UD’s Disabilities Studies Minor: Building Sustainable Interdisciplinary and Cross-College Engagement 2015 – 2016

DIST is the largest minor at UD. This project will expand the minor’s current focus to include courses on humanistic disability studies and to build connections with faculty across campus. Two leading disability studies scholars will visit campus in Fall 2015 to consult and deliver public lectures.

 

The image above shows a close up of part of a colorful quilt, dominated by a red hand shape stitched onto colorful background fabric using light purple/blue thread. The same thread was also used to stitch the words “nothing about us without us” onto the palm of the hand.  Image credit: Amy Selders.

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Laura T. Eisenman is an associate professor in the School of Education. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses about secondary special education. She conducts research on the transition to adult life for students with disabilities. Her interests include social networks, self-determination, and inclusion. She helped to establish UD’s Career & Life Studies Certificate (CLSC), an inclusive post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. She is affiliated with the University’s Center for Disabilities Studies where she is an advisor and faculty coordinator for the undergraduate Disability Studies Minor. She previously worked as a counselor and administrator in community programs for adults with disabilities.

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Amy Vidali, University of Colorado,  to present lecture and workshop:

Lecture:        Access and Absence: Writing Disability for Higher Education – September 21, 2015, 5:00 p.m., 127 Memorial Hall

Workshop:  Teaching Styles and Strategies for Disability Inclusion – September 22, 2015, 11:00 a.m.-12:15p.m., Rollins Room, Jastak-Burgess Hall
To register

Michelle Jarman, “Cripping the ‘Undercommons’: Improvisational Relations of Race, Nation, and Madness in the Fiction of Victor LaValle”– Monday, October 12, 2015, 5:00-6:15 pm., 127 Memorial Hall

 

People

Stephanie L. Kerschbaum is an associate professor in the Department of English. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in writing studies, including first-year composition, composition pedagogy, and the history of rhetoric. Her research focuses on identity, diversity and difference, the teaching of writing, and disability studies. Her book, Toward a New Rhetoric of Difference (NCTE, 2014) was awarded the 2015 Advancement of Knowledge Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. She is currently at work with Margaret Price on a collaborative study of disabled faculty members. Her website is www.sites.udel.edu/kersch.
Laura T. Eisenman is an associate professor in the School of Education. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses about secondary special education. She conducts research on the transition to adult life for students with disabilities. Her interests include social networks, self-determination, and inclusion. She helped to establish UD's Career & Life Studies Certificate (CLSC), an inclusive post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. She is affiliated with the University’s Center for Disabilities Studies where she is an advisor and faculty coordinator for the undergraduate Disability Studies Minor. She previously worked as a counselor and administrator in community programs for adults with disabilities.

Media

Amy Vidali, University of Colorado,  to present lecture and workshop:

Lecture:        Access and Absence: Writing Disability for Higher Education – September 21, 2015, 5:00 p.m., 127 Memorial Hall

Workshop:  Teaching Styles and Strategies for Disability Inclusion – September 22, 2015, 11:00 a.m.-12:15p.m., Rollins Room, Jastak-Burgess Hall
To register

Michelle Jarman, “Cripping the ‘Undercommons’: Improvisational Relations of Race, Nation, and Madness in the Fiction of Victor LaValle”– Monday, October 12, 2015, 5:00-6:15 pm., 127 Memorial Hall