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Undergraduate Disability Studies Initiative group (uDSI) meets bi-monthly during the school year to discuss issues related to disability studies and organize activities focused on issues like access. For more information or to participate, check out our Facebook group.


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The Disability Studies Initiative at Emory is a working group generated across departments and schools that is dedicated to interdisciplinary research and teaching by faculty and students. The Initiative is led by a group of faculty and students who are interested in the social, cultural, historical, political, and legal dimensions of disability in our world. Our mission is to promote the growth and increase the profile of Disability Studies at Emory University.

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Disability Rights Discussion With Salman Rushdie and Eva Kittay

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Benjamin Reiss

Congratulations to Emory DSI co-director Benjamin Reiss on the publication of his new book, Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World (Basic Books, 2017). Reiss uses literature, history, science, and psychology to explain how our society created rules and expectations for human sleep that seem to work for few and are thus in constant need of micro-management, medical attention, and pervasive worry.

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

DSI Founding Director Rosemarie Garland-Thomson recently published the article, "Becoming Disabled" as the inagural piece in a new weekly series by and about people living with disabilities in the New York Times.

Rachel Kolb

English Ph.D. student Rachel Kolb recently published the article "The Deaf Body in Public Space" as part of the New York Times series by and about people living with disabilities. She also narrated and starred in the short film "Can You Read My Lips?"

Lindsey Grubbs

English Ph.D. student Lindsey Grubbs recently published the article "The Arts and Sciences of Reading: Humanities in The Laboratory" in the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience.

DSI Scholars

Now available, Keywords for Disability Studies, edited by Rachel Adams, Emory DSI co-director Benjamin Reiss, and David Serlin.  This multi-authored guide to the critical concepts defining disability studies includes essays by a number of Emory DSI scholars, including Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (on Eugenics), Sander Gilman (on Madness), Ani Satz (on Vulnerability) and recent alum Harold Braswell (on Euthanasia).