Monday, September 24, 4:00pm, Angell 3222

Lydia Brown, "Click To Share: Strategies and Challenges for Community Building and Disability Justice Work in the Digital Age"

In this talk, Brown will address some of the ways in which social media and other digital technologies have empowered and strengthened disability activism, politicization of disabled people's identities/experiences, and community building, while also posing serious problems of in/access and in/exclusion.

Bio: Lydia X. Z. Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, and writer whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing. Lydia is a past Visiting Lecturer at Tufts University, where they taught a course on critical disability theory, public policy, and intersectional social movements, and they will be joining the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law as a Justice Catalyst Fellow this fall. In collaboration with E. Ashkenazy and Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu, Lydia is the lead editor and visionary behind All the Weight of Our Dreams, the first-ever anthology of writings and artwork by autistic people of color and otherwise negatively racialized autistic people, published by the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network. Morénike and Lydia also co-direct the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment, which was created and launched this summer, and provides direct support, mutual aid, and community reparations to individual autistic people of color.



Monday, October 29, 4:00pm, Angell 3222

Aimi Hamraie, “Mapping Access: digital humanities, disability justice, and socio-spatial practice”

Bio: Aimi Hamraie is assistant professor of Medicine, Health, & Society and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, where they direct the Critical Design Lab and Mapping Access project. Hamraie is author of Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (University of Minnesota Press, 2017)


Monday, November 12, 4:00pm, Angell 3222 [location tentative; backup location is Haven 5670]

Annette Vee, "Artificial Intelligence, Automatic Writing, and the Displacement of Rhetoric in the Law”

Bio: Annette Vee (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in writing, digital composition and culture, rhetoric, and literacy; she also steers programmatic initiatives on writing and digital studies. She is the author of Coding Literacy (MIT Press, 2017), which demonstrates how the theoretical tools of literacy can help us understand computer programming in its historical, social and conceptual contexts. Her work on algorithmic authorship, rhetoric of software, intellectual property, and coding literacy has been published in Computers and Composition, Enculturation, Computational Culture, and Literacy in Composition Studies.