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What: "Queer Crips and Disability Desires  in the English Renaissance" by Allison Hobgood
When: Friday, February 26, 11:30-1
Where: Kemp Malone Library (Callaway Center N301)
Access: For ADA accommodation requests, please contact Access, Disability Services and Resources at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD).
Co-Sponsors: This event is co-sponsored by the Early Modern and Midieval Colloquium, the Hightower fund, the Fox Center of Humanistic Inquiry, Theatre Department, WGSS, and History


Emory Alumna White House Disability Liason

Picture of Maria Town talking with President Obama

From Emory News: "As President Barack Obama addressed a gathering in the East Room on July 20, he gave a special shout-out to Maria Town 09C, who joined his staff in May as an associate director in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement. After singling out Town as the “fantastic new disability community liaison,” the president added, “Yay, Maria!” to enthusiastic applause." Read more about Maria Town.


Rosemarie Garland-Thomson in Huffington Post

Emory DSI Co-Founding Director Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is interviewed extensively in this Huffington Post piece on the implications of the Zyka virus on reproductive and disability rights.


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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



Paul Kelleher

PaulKelleherDSI co-director Paul Kelleher published his first book, Making Love: Sentiment and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, last year. Making Love examines how eighteenth-century British literature and philosophy fashioned an ideological alliance between heterosexual desire and moral feeling. His second book, Disabling Sympathy (in progress), tracks the interrelations of sympathy and disability, from eighteenth-century literature to contemporary film. Two pieces from that project have been published: “Defections from Nature: The Rhetoric of Deformity in Shaftesbury’s Characteristics” appears in the edited volume Enabling: The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth Century (Bucknell University Press, 2014), and “The Man Within the Breast: Sympathy and Deformity in Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments” appeared in the journal Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (2015).