“Building a World that Includes Disability”

Rosemary Garland-ThomsonHumanities Forum
“Building a World that Includes Disability”
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, professor of English and bioethics, disability studies scholar, Emory University
Tuesday, April 30, 5:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

What would a world be like if it fully welcomed and included people with disabilities? How could we build that world to share and live in together? Why would that be a better world for all of us? This lecture shows how the new field of disability studies addresses these questions by bringing forward the history, culture, politics, aesthetics, and ethics of disability and people living with disabilities. Books will be on sale and reception will follow the program.

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is a disability justice and culture thought leader, bioethicist, teacher, and humanities scholar. Her 2016 editorial, “Becoming Disabled,” was the inaugural article in the ongoing weekly series in The New York Times about disability by people living with disabilities. She is a professor of English and bioethics at Emory University, where she teaches disability studies, bioethics, American literature and culture, and feminist theory. Her work develops the field of critical disability studies in the health humanities to bring forward disability access, inclusion, and identity to a broad range of institutions and communities. She is the author of Staring: How We Look and several other books. Her current project is Embracing Our Humanity: A Bioethics of Disability and Health.


Plan Your Visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, visitor parking is available in the Walker Avenue Garage, next to the Library — please click here for additional information.


UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. If you would like to request accommodations (e.g., ASL interpreters, captioning, wheelchair access, etc.) for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make arrangements for program access. Please contact us at dreshercenter@umbc.edu with your specific request and be sure to include the event title, date, and time.


This event is sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities; the Department of Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies; the Department of Biological Sciences; the Department of Philosophy; and the Office of Accessibility and Disability Services.

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