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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



Sander Gilman

DSI Steering Committee Member Sander Gilman was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences along with 3 other Emory faculty members. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country's oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing and opportunities available to the nation and the world. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science, engineering and technology policy; global security and international affairs; the humanities, arts and education; and American institutions and the public good.For more, click here.

Rachel Kolb

"Can You Read My Lips?" is an immersive short film about the experience of lipreading, based on Rachel Kolb's 2013 essay "Seeing at the Speed of Sound." The film, directed by David Terry Fine and produced by Little Moving Pictures, was recently awarded the Special Jury Prize for Originality in Storytelling at the 2016 Disposable Film Festival. It has also been recognized as a Short of the Week and featured in the Atlantic, the Huffington Post, National Geographic, and several other publications. Rachel Kolb is a current doctoral student in the Department of English at Emory's Laney Graduate School and is also an active member of Emory's Disability Studies Initiative. Prior to coming to Emory, she attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, and has published other works of public scholarship in the Atlantic and The New York Times.