Past Workshops
Disability Studies, Disability Activism Year 2

Disability Studies, Disability Activism 2015-2016

Contact: Rachel Herzl-Betz (

Coordinators: Jill Casid (Art History), Jessica Cooley (Art History), Rachel Herzl-Betz (English), Paige Hoffman (Gender & Women's Studies), Jenell Johnson (Communication Arts), Elisabeth Miller (English), Kate Moran (Madison Disability Pride), Ellen Samuels (Gender & Women's Studies and English)

Disability Studies, Disability Activism workshops, meetings, and events can be found in the Borghesi-Mellon Workshops Calendar.

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, vital legislation designed to ensure the civil rights of persons with disabilities through access to public accommodations, employment, transportation, and more. This past year, at the 25-year marker of this important milestone, we first organized, the Disability Studies, Disability Activism Borghesi-Mellon Workshop calling on academics and activists to take stock of both gains to disability rights and the significant challenges we continue to face.

For the 2015-2016 year we seek to build upon our workshop’s many successes as we shift our focus from community building to new directions in disability work in the humanities, specifically disability justice and transnational work in disability. Community will remain at the center of our mission, but with an added emphasis on coalition and innovation toward common goals, as we interrogate what “justice” means in terms of disability on a local and transnational scale.

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To receive event updates and participate in related conversations, or to get the password for protected readings, please contact Rachel Herzl-Betz.

We are in the midst of planning many exciting events with the following speakers...

We are also planning other opportunities for folks from the university and community to collaborate and gather around disability studies and activism.