Webb Lectures Review Disability & Family

hist_2015WebbposterDisability history and families are the central focus of the 2015 Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures.

The annual event, sponsored by the Department of History, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a slate of events over two days, March 4-5. This year’s theme is “Beyond Attics and Activists: Rethinking Family in Disability History” and was organized by Assistant Professor Sarah Rose.

“Disability is normal,” she said. “People with disabilities have always been part of families. It’s an essential part of diversity.”

Rose, who directs the Disability Studies Minor at UT Arlington, said the Webb Lectures topic is timely as 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act. She said several disability-related events are planned throughout the year. With the Webb Lectures, she hopes those in attendance will discover a great appreciate for how the issue of disability may be viewed.

“People outside the field of disability studies, and even within it, often see people with disabilities as individuals isolated or separated from their families,” said Rose. “This series explores the ways in which concepts and experiences of disability have profoundly shaped families, and vice versa. We’re re-embedding individuals with disabilities into families and looking at their relations with larger communities.

The Webb Lectures begins Wednesday, March 4, with a screening of the documentary film, “Invitation to Dance” and a question-and-answer session with the film’s creators, Simi Linton and Christian von Tippelskirch. A reception and tour of a new exhibition, “Subject: Disability,” at The Gallery at UTA – curated by Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon (Art & Art history) – will follow.

On Thursday, March 5, the Webb Lectures will include scholarly presentations from Rose, Dea H. Boster (Columbus State Community College), Anne E. Parsons (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and Susan Burch (Middlebury College).

The free event is also sponsored by the Disability Studies Minor, Office for Students with Disabilities, the Movin’ Mavs Adapted Sports and Recreation, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society.

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Schedule of events:

Wednesday, March 4
2 p.m.
“Invitation to Dance” – Documentary Screening
Followed by a Q&A with Simi Linton and Christian von Tippelskirch
Introduced by Richard Scotch (UT Dallas)
E.H. Hereford University Center, Rio Grande Ballroom

5 p.m.
“Subject: Disability” – Art Exhibition
Curated by Stephen Lapthisophon (UT Arlington)
Fine Arts Building, The Gallery at UTA
(Art exhibit will be ongoing through April 4)

Thursday, March 5
9:30 a.m.
“Disability and Slave Motherhood in Antebellum South”
By Dea H. Boster (Columbus State Community College)
Introduced by Associate Professor William M. Dulaney (UT Arlington)
E.H. Hereford University Center, Rio Grande Ballroom

11 a.m.
“‘She Played like any Ordinary Child’: Idiocy, Disability, and Family”
By Assistant Professor Sarah F. Rose (UT Arlington)
Introduced by Assistant Professor Kenyon Zimmer (UT Arlington)
E.H. Hereford University Center, Rio Grande Ballroom

1:30 p.m.
“Personal Politics, Disability rights, and the Deinstitutionalization of Psychiatric Hospitals”
By Anne E. Parsons (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
Introduced by Assistant Professor Oliver Bateman (UT Arlington)
E.H. Hereford University Center, Rio Grande Ballroom

7:30 p.m.
“Disorderly Pasts: Kinship, Diagnoses, and Native American-U.S. Histories”
By Susan Burch (Middlebury College)
Introduced by Associate Dean Elisabeth Cawthon (UT Arlington)
E.H. Hereford University Center, Bluebonnet Ballroom

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