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Public lecture by Dr. Rabia Belt of Stanford University --"Outcasts from the Vote: Women Suffrage and Disability Over the Long Nineteenth Century United States"

Date: Tuesday, November 1,2016

Time: 11am

Location: Emory Center for Ethics Commons, Room 102

Event Description: Drawing upon a diverse array of sources, from visual media to constitutional convention minutes, Dr. Belt examines the significance of mental disability for the woman suffrage movement in the long 19th century United States. This paper excavates a deep preoccupation with mental disability that begins with the white suffrage movement at Seneca Falls, continues throughout the nineteenth century into the early twentieth century, and stretches across the United States. Strategies by woman suffrage activists stigmatized men of suspect mental status and helped reinforce a regime that disenfranchised men with mental disabilities.

Access: For ADA accommodation requests, please contact Access, Disability Services and Resources at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD).


Paper workshop with Dr. Rabia Belt-- "Citizens, Voters, Idiots" 

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Time: 3pm

Location: Kemp Malone Library, Callaway N301

Access: For ADA accommodation requests, please contact Access, Disability Services and Resources at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD).

R.S.V.P. To obtain copy of pre-circulated paper, please email caroline.warren@emory.edu 

Sponsors: Events with Dr. Rabia Belt are co-sponsored by the Emory University Disability Studies Initiative,  the Emory Center for Ethics, and the Emory University Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative

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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. See it here.

Benjamin Reiss

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). Find it here.

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. Read it here. She also narrated and starred in the short film "Can You Read My Lips?" Watch it here!

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. Read it here.