Feb 14th 2019

On Inclusivity and Unimagined Types: Reconsidering the Design of Higher Education

February 14th at 4:15 pm

In this talk, Margaret Price draws upon 10 years of research to consider ways that disability is included—or not included—in higher-education settings including classrooms, meeting spaces, and extracurricular activities. Price argues that true inclusion of disability will mean more than simply designing a “welcoming” environment or adding extra supports. Instead, it will mean rethinking many of the structures that we’ve come to rely upon in higher education, so that we are not merely including disabled ways of moving, thinking, and creating, but consistently expecting them. Speaking from her personal experience as a former student and current faculty member with disabilities, Price offers an accessible introduction to “academic ableism,” and also offers practical suggestions for how to implement those theories in the everyday life of teaching and learning.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Margaret Price is an associate professor of English at The Ohio State University and Director of the Disability Studies Program. She holds a PhD in rhetoric/composition from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, and a BA from Amherst College. Her book Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life (University of Michigan Press) won the Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC). Other writing related to disability studies appears in Inside Higher Education, Profession, Disability Studies Quarterly, and other publications. Her current research project is a survey and interview study of disabled higher-education faculty. In August 2017, Dr. Price was inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

The space for this event is located on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible with automatic entrance door. Personal Assistants, Audio Description & American Sign Language Interpretation will be available. Please refrain from wearing scented-products.

This event is sponsored by The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Academic Affairs, SAIC Teaching and Learning Center, Academic Affairs, Disability Learning Resource Center, and co-sponsored by Bodies of Work: Network of Disability Art and Culture, UIC Department of Disability and Human Development.

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