University of Rochester

EVENT: Lecture By David T. Mitchell and Sharon L. Snyder About Studying Disability in Literature and Art

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in room 1-154 of Dewey Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

October 30, 2000

David T. Mitchell and Sharon L. Snyder of the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois in Chicago will speak on "Representation and its Discontents: The Uneasy Home of Disability in Literature and Art" at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in room 1-154 of Dewey Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus.

As a research team, Mitchell and Snyder have edited and authored books and a documentary video about disability cultures and the representation of disability in the arts and literature. Mitchell is an associate professor and one of the founders of the Modern Language Association's Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession and a past president of the Society for Disability Studies. In the documentary Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back (1997), he and Snyder won multiple awards, including the grand prize for best film at Rehabilitation International.

Snyder recently co-edited a collection of essays on disability studies and pedagogy for the MLS Press, titled Enabling the Humanities: A Disability Studies Sourcebook. Together they have co-edited The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability and Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse, both published by University of Michigan Press.

The lecture, which is free, is one in a series sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies. The purpose of the series is to consider the development of a humanities-based disability studies curriculum in high schools and colleges.

Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Linda Ware at (585) 275-3010.