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UCSB DISABILITY STUDIES INITIATIVE SUMMER SERIES: REIMAGINING (DIS)ABILITY AT AND BEYOND UCSB

A DIGITAL TEN WEEK SYMPOSIUM THAT EXAMINES DISABILITY ACROSS THREE THEMES: DISABILITY AND THE ARTS, INTERSECTIONALITY AND DISABILITY, AND DISABILITY ACTIVISM.

“A Coalition of Marginalized Bodies”

Thursday, July 9th from 3 PM to 4:30 PM PST with Writer Cyree Jarelle Johnson

Join us for a digital conversation with poet and writer Cyree Jarelle Johnson on how disability justice can inform the way we define solidarity by focusing not just on identity, but on shared goals and oppressions.

Cyree Jarelle Johnson (He/They) is a poet and writer from Piscataway, NJ. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Review, Wussy, The Wanderer, Vice, Rewire News, The Root, and Nat. Brut, among other publications. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University with support from the Davis Putter Scholarship Fund.

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“Self-Reflection and the Art of Capturing the Moment in Our Time”

Thursday, July 16th from 3 PM to 4:30 PM PST with HIV Activist Kelly Gluckman

This session will begin with an introduction to Kelly Gluckman’s work at the intersection between arts and health activism, and then switch gears into workshop mode for the rest of the time. Participants will work on creating their own capsules consisting of meaningful items and an accompanying set of writings. Gluckman will facilitate show-and-tell intertwined with free writes and group share backs designed to inspire and deepen the time capsule creation process. The purpose is to create a package to be opened up in the future that will give a detailed journey through our experiences in quarantine during the time of COVID-19. Participants will decide who they’d like their time capsule to be opened up by and how many years from now. This will serve as a time to have fun and bond as a group, as well as reflect on and capture our emotions, values, rituals, traditions, surroundings, and modes of self-care and fun during this very unique time in history.

Kelly Gluckman is a 33 year old Los Angeles native, multimedia arts activist, sexual health educator, and HIV+ advocate. Her arts practice and advocacy center around finding healing through deep self-reflection, finding humor, and sharing moments of vulnerability with others. She currently serves as the project coordinator for Through Positive Eyes, a collaborative photo-storytelling project and traveling museum exhibition that comes out of the UCLA Art & Global Health Center. Through Positive Eyes plans to open in the Discovery Center at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this summer OR whenever it is safe to do so.

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“Disability and Intersectionality in Journalism”

Thursday, July 30th from 3 PM to 4:30 PM PST with Journalist Sarah Kim

In this digital event, Sarah Kim will talk about her experiences working as a disabled woman of color journalist, especially during a time when journalism is constantly under attack. Kim will also discuss the best practices when it comes to reporting on disability topics and integrating the disability narrative into current events. She will explain her practice of toeing the line between journalism and activism.

Sarah Kim is an independent freelance journalist based in Brooklyn, NY. She lives with cerebral palsy, which affects her speech and mobility. After completing her B.A. in economics and sociology at Barnard College, she pursued an intensive 10-month M.S. program at Columbia Journalism School. Since graduating in 2018, Kim has written about 200 articles on diversity and inclusion in the realm of disability. She has spent one year reporting for Forbes, and has bylines in Teen Vogue, Glamour, The Daily Beast, Columbia Journalism Review, Healthline/Greatist, The Mighty, Jameela Jamil’s I Weigh platform, Center for Asian American Media, and others. Kim is currently working on a book on spinal cord injuries and sexuality with University of Alabama and Harvard lecturer, Marcalee Alexander, M.D. Lastly, she is the content writer for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

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“I Can’t Even Get to the Back of the Bus: Race and Disability”

Thursday, August 6th from 3 PM to 4:30 PM PST with UCSD Professor of Communication David Serlin

This talk will provide an overview of social movements since the late 1960s/early 1970s that brought activists fighting against disability discrimination into necessary dialogue with activists fighting against racial discrimination. These historical examples provide us with important tools for developing critical scholarship about shared histories of oppression as well as shared strategies of resistance.

David Serlin is Associate Professor of Communication and Science Studies, and affiliated faculty in Critical Gender Studies, Urban Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Group in Cognitive Science, at UC San Diego. He is also an affiliated faculty at the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University.

His books include Replaceable You: Engineering the Body in Postwar America (University of Chicago Press, 2004), which was awarded the inaugural Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize from the Modern Language Association; Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics (co-editor; NYU Press, 2002); Imagining Illness: Public Health and Visual Culture (editor; University of Minnesota Press, 2010); Keywords for Disability Studies (co-editor; NYU Press, 2015); The Routledge History of American Sexuality (co-editor; Routledge, 2020); and Window Shopping with Helen Keller: Architecture and Disability in Modern Culture (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming). He is an editor-at-large for Cabinet and a founding editor of the online journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. From 2000-2018 he was a member of the editorial collective for the Radical History Review.

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“Spectrum as Potential and Possibilities”

Thursday, August 13th from 3 PM to 4:30 PM PST with University of California Berkeley student Hari Srinivasan

In this talk Hari Srinivasan will talk about his experiences as a non-speaking autistic student, teacher, journalist, poet, and activist. His talk will focus on disability justice and what it means for activism to be truly inclusive.

Hari Srinivasan is a student at UC Berkeley majoring in psychology and minoring in Disability Studies. This will be his fourth semester teaching a course on autism. He is also the President of the student body Spectrum: Autism at Cal. Hari also writes for the Daily Californian and is an RA at The Golden Bear Mood and Sleep Research Clinic and the makerspace UC Berkeley Disability Lab. Recently Hari was featured on President Obama’s Instagram campaign for the 30th anniversary of ADA.

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“Surviving Collective Trauma by Cultivating Collective Care: Redistributive Justice, Generative Economics, and Disability Justice”

Thursday, August 20th from 3 PM to 4:30 PM PST with Lydia X.Z. Brown

The global COVID-19 pandemic is an individually and collectively (re)traumatizing experience with devastating effects on already hyper-marginalized and targeted communities. Sick, mad, disabled, and neurodivergent people at the margins of the margins in negatively racialized, impoverished, queer and trans, and other minoritized communities have always already worked to create and sustain collective and community care practices just to stay alive. This talk will explore and discuss possibilities for survival, sustainability, and care during COVID-19 rooted in disability justice politic, philosophy, and praxis.

Lydia X.Z. Brown writes about disability, race, and queerness. They are an organizer, advocate, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer whose work has largely focused on interpersonal and state violence targeting multiply-marginalized disabled people living at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, and language. Lydia co-edited All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism, the first-ever anthology entirely by negatively racialized autistic people. Their first published short fiction piece appeared in “Open In Emergency,” the Asian American Literary Review’s special issue on Asian American Mental Health. In 2018, they were a Teaching Scholar at Grub Street’s Muse and the Marketplace literary conference, and in both 2017 and 2018, they were a reader on panels about disability literature at AWP. Their work appears in numerous scholarly and community publications, including Rewire, Monstering Magazine, and gal-dem. They are still working on several incomplete novel manuscripts.

Lydia is currently policy counsel for the privacy and data project at the Center for Democracy and Technology, adjunct lecturer in disability studies for Georgetown University’s English Department, and policy and advocacy associate at the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network. They are also founder and director of the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment. Previously, Lydia worked on disability rights and algorithmic fairness at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Tech Law and Policy, and served as Justice Catalyst Fellow for the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. They are also former chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, and adjunct professor at Tufts University.

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“Curating the Invisible: Disability”

Thursday, August 27th from 3 PM to 4:30 PM PST with artistic curator Aidan Moesby

This talk will explore some of the issues around Disability Arts, identity and the schism between the ‘mainstream’ and ‘disabled’ art worlds. Disabled artists have been largely written out of art history in the same way as disability and disabled people have largely been erased from cultural history as a whole. The ‘art world’ is one based on privilege, is it still the only model or is it possible to create a more inclusive, accessible and diverse arts ecology?  As an artist and curator Aidan Moesby invites you to a conversation to explore how we can make the invisible visible.

Aidan Moesby is an artist curator working at the intersection of art, health and technology. His current work investigates the dual crises of Climate Change and Mental Health exploring the relationships between the outer physical weather and internal psycho-emotional weather. A research based approach to praxis is underpinned by a conversational aesthetic. 

A resident at Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, Bristol he increasingly makes large scale, tourable works. This includes Sagacity: The Periodic Table of Emotions, an interactive digital installation and Between Stillness and Storm, an off-grid weather responsive installation which premiered at Bluedot Festival in 2017. He has worked, exhibited and curated nationally and internationally working with partners such as Dundee Contemporary Arts, Laboratorio Arte Alameda (CDMX), WIP: Stockholm, The Tetley, New Media Scotland, ANAT(Aus), Watershed and Jadraas Art(SE:SU). His latest work, I was Naked, Smelling of Rain is a performative lecture exploring absence, presence, loneliness and dis/connectedness through the lens of weather, climate change and wellbeing.

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Aidan Moesby. Kulttuurikauppila. Ii. 4.12.2019.

“Care Beyond the Human”

Thursday, September 10th from 3 PM to 4:30 PM PST with Columbia University Professor of English Rachel Adams

Taken from the coda to a book about the aesthetics and politics of care, this presentation with Columbia University professor of English Rachel Adams will explore the possibilities and perils of extending human care relations to other species, the environment, and non-living matter. It isn’t hard to imagine caring for a beloved dog, a retired horse, a fluffy baby seal, or even a giant redwood. But I wonder how far outward different theoretical models of care extend, and how they are changed when the agent is a flatworm, a mushroom, slime mold, or a robot? Is care itself an anthropocentric concept that always requires imagining the other possessed of human motivations, agency, and emotional depth? And if not, what are the driving motivations involved in such caring activity? I consider a series of artistic and social experiments with extra-human care as I seek to better understand the contours of such an expansion, as well as the place of the human in care networks that include other species and non-human actors.

Columbia University professor Rachel Adams specializes in 20th- and 21st-century literatures of the United States and the Americas, disability studies and health humanities, media studies, theories of race, gender, and sexuality, and food studies.  Her most recent book is Raising Henry:  A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery, published by Yale University Press in 2013 and winner of the 2014 Delta Kappa Gamma Educators’ Award.  She is also the author of Continental Divides:  Remapping the Cultures of North America (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination (University of Chicago Press, 2001).  She is co-editor (with Benjamin Reiss and David Serlin) of Keywords for Disability Studies and co-editor (with David Savran) of The Masculinity Studies Reader (Blackwell Press, 2001).  She is editor of a critical edition of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening (Fine Publications, 2002).  Her articles have appeared in journals such as PMLAAmerican LiteratureAmerican Literary HistoryAmerican QuarterlyMinnesota ReviewCamera ObscuraGLQSignsYale Journal of Criticism and Twentieth-Century Literature.  She has also written for The New York TimesWashington PostSalon, the Chronicle of Higher EducationGastronomica,  and the Times of London and has blogged for The Huffington Post.  Her essay series Book+Worm is published on Medium.  In 2010 she was the recipient of the Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award and won a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2019-2020.

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Stephanie Goldstein

English doctoral student at the University of California Santa Barbara specializing in the digital humanities, disability studies, and Renaissance literature.

Shanna Killeen

Comparative Literature doctoral student at the University of California Santa Barbara specializing in Disability Studies and Queer Studies with a particular focus on asexuality studies, aromanticism, and the intersections of queerness, disability, and neurodiversity.    

Catherine Nesci

Professor of modern French and Francophone literary studies, Comparative and World Literature & Feminist Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara.

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