“Overcoming the Overcome”

Manuel (photo)Manuel Herrero-Puertas, a PhD candidate in English, has written an essay on disability and disability studies for UW’s Center for the Humanities. Manuel’s research examines the intersections between nineteenth-century discourses of disability in the Americas and the corporeal allegories of nation and empire that crop up in the literature of that period. Read it here.

Disability Pride Madison 2013

On July 27, 2013, Madison held its first ever Disability Pride celebration at Brittingham Park. Attendees were treated to entertainment by renowned poet and performer Jim Ferris, marimba artist Ricardo Vasquez (Beautiful Music, Beautiful Mind), Eileen Rosensteel (The Amazing Fat Lady Show!), The Sweetness of Gone (Transformational Folk Trio), Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars (Malian Blues-Funk Band), and J. Ware (poet and activist). Thanks to everyone for their hard work — we can’t wait for next year!

Listen to WORT’s interview with featured artists Eileen Rosenteel, Jim Ferris, Sarita Karon, and members the Disability Pride planning committee here.


DSI faculty Ellen Samuels and Jenell Johnson

Upcoming Event: Nirmala Ervelles, April 18

nerevellesAs part of the Accessing the Intersections series, on Thursday, April 18th, Nirmala Erevelles, Professor of the Social Foundations of Ed. and Instructional Leadership
Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies will be giving a public talk entitled “Epistemologies of Ignorance and the Political Anatomy of Disability in Transnational Contexts.” The talk will be held in 4151 Grainger Hall. All Accessing the Intersections events are wheelchair accessible and feature real-time captioning. Please send requests for additional accommodations to Katie Fox at krfox2@wisc.edu.