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March 2017

3-4 March 2017
Truflandi Tilvist – Ráðstefna og Hátíð / Disturbing Existence Conference & Festival

Ráðstefnan er haldin í samvinnu Samtakanna ’78, Trans Íslands og Tabú. Hún er styrkt af Velferðarráðuneytinu. / Conference is sponsored by Samtökin 78, Trans Íslands, and Tabú, and is funded by the Iceland Ministry of Welfare.

Friday 3 March 2017
10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.
(10:00 to 11:30)
Norræna Húsið / Nordic House
Sturlugata 5
101 Reykjavik, Iceland

Saturday 4 March 2017
1:15 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
(13:15 to 16:00)
Dósaverksmiðjan / Tin Can Factory
Borgartún 1
105 Reykjavik, Iceland

More information for Truflandi Tilvist / Disturbing Existence (á íslensku / in Icelandic)

Registration for Truflandi Tilvist / Disturbing Existence

Facebook page for Truflandi Tilvist / Disturbing Existence

7-12 March 2017
WOW – Women of the World Festival

Intersectionality for Beginners
Saturday 11 March 2017
Starting at 11:30 A.M.
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall

Disability, Women and Taking Action
Panel with Sisters of Frida
Saturday 11 March 2017
Starting at 1:15 P.M.
Green Bar, Level 4, Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
London, United Kingdom

More information & registration for WoW Festival

26 March 2017
College of William and Mary

5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Tucker Hall 157A
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia

Room and building are wheelchair accessible.

More information & RSVO for W&M event

30 March 2017
Delaware County Community College

“Who Is It For? Disability Justice & Radical Inclusion”
11:05 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Academic Building, Large Auditorium
Main Campus in Marple Township
Delaware Community College
901 South Media Line Road
Media, Pennsylvania 19063

April 2017

1 April 2017
Washington Student Association, Students of Color Summit

Keynote at 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Central Washington University

More details & registration on Students of Color Summit

Further details on CQU visit are TBD

7-8 April 2017
Northeast Queer & Trans People of Color Conference

Closing Keynote at 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
McCosh Hall, Room 50
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey

More information on NEQTPOC Conference

Registration for NEQTPOC Conference

13 April 2017
Westminster College

“Crip Culture in the Academy: On Multimodality & Disability Justice”

7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Room TBD
Westminster College
Salt Lake City, Utah

The academy has begun to warm to critical disability studies scholarship, but continues to be a deeply and often violently ableist space, with disability relegated to commodified neoliberal diversity goals and the abstract theoretical. Ableism remains entrenched in all aspects of scholarship, from the demanding expectations of under and un-compensated labor placed on junior academics and contingent faculty, to the severe social and academic burdens placed on students at all levels, and from the hyper-ableist standard pedagogical models and curricula, to the history of measures of intelligence to support racist and ableist eugenics as well as modern-day admissions testing. Cultures and knowledges developed by and for Deaf, Disabled, Mad, and Neurodivergent people offer more welcoming and affirming ways of doing scholarship, learning, and teaching. Disability Justice demands communities and work that go beyond superficial flexibility, vulnerability, or accommodation, and instead support wholeness and healing through collective learning and mutual aid.

17 April 2017
Oberlin College

Lecture at 7:00 P.M. for Neurodiversity Week

More details for Oberlin visit TBD

21 April 2017
University of Washington, Seattle
Student Disability Commission & The D Center

“Struggling with Disability Justice: Self-Work, Collective Accountability, and Community Care in the Movement”

7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Husky Union Building, Room 334
University of Washington, Seattle
Seattle, Washington

What does an honest, authentic, genuine movement feel like or act like when so many of us have been burned out, kicked out, shut out, and pushed out of community spaces? How do we reconcile individual and collective trauma within activist spaces somewhere between accountability and compassion? If we are laboring for liberation, we have to start in our own communities. Confronting settler-colonialism, white supremacy, transmisogyny, ableism, and all other oppressions begins in the movement. Let us talk about rage and devastation, trauma and healing, and the meaning of active love and justice. Let us talk about the illusion of perfection and the activist’s overcomer narrative. Let us talk about what Disability Justice means for building better, stronger, more authentic movements.


May 2017

4 May 2017
Autism Conference & Expo of Georgia

“Social Justice and Autism: Challenging Injustice and Valuing Diversity”
State of the Union Keynote
Keynote Panel with Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu, Larkin Taylor-Parker, and Breanna Kelly (facilitator)
1:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Loudermilk Conference Center
40 Courtland Street Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

More information & registration for Georgia Autism Conference

10 May 2017
The Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Mental Health Forum

Workshop: “Asian, Queer, Crip: Disability Justice in Intersected Lives”

Clark University
Worcester, Massachusetts
9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. (whole conference)

Intersectionality is a framework, methodology, and imperative for understanding the complex relationships between different identities, experiences, and forms of oppression — first named by Black scholar-activist Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw to describe Black womanhood as distinct from white women or Black men’s experiences. Disability Justice is the art and practice of honoring every/body as valuable, essential, and worthy in all of our complexities. Come learn about honoring madness, neurodivergence, and disability alongside and with/in our Asian, queer, and trans identities!

More details TBD

20 May 2017
Family 2.0: An API LGBTQIA+ Gathering

Opening Keynote at 10:15 A.M.
North Seattle College
Seattle, Washington

More details & registration for Family 2.0

June 2017

17 June 2017
Coalición Nacional para Latinxs con Discapacidades (National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities)
in partnership with Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Workshop on Intersectionality

Details TBD

CNLD conference website

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Articles about Past Events

The Tufts Daily, a newspaper at Tufts University, covered the November 2016 panel discussion with Hannah McGregor and Marcelle Kosman from “Witch, Please!” on queerness, disability, and race in the Harry Potter Universe.

The National Association of Science Writers covered the October 2016 panel I participated on for the annual Science Writers Conference, on “Against Ableism: Writing about Disability.” Diana Crow also wrote about the disability panel as part of a larger post on lessons learned from the conference overall.

The Gatepost, a newspaper at Framingham State University, covered my October 2016 talk for the Arts and Ideas Lecture Series, on “Redesign and Rebuild it: Disability Justice, Radical Access, and the Academy.”

UDaily, a newspaper at the University of Delaware, covered my April 2016 keynote, on “Tear Down These Walls: Demand Disability Justice as/in Liberation.”

AC Voice, a newspaper at Amherst College, covered my June 2015 talk for the Inclusive Astronomy Conference, on “Beyond the Imagined Normal: Disability Justice and Radical Inclusion.”

The Cavalier Daily, University of Virginia’s newspaper, covered my April 2015 roundtable for Humanities Week, on autism acceptance and self-advocacy.

Scarlet & Black, Grinnell College’s newspaper, covered my November 2014 talk for Queer Cultures Week, on “The Ableism Crisis: Violence, Marginality, & Disability Justice.”

The Watchdog, Bellevue College’s newspaper, covered my October 2014 talk for Disability Awareness Month, on “Beyond the Imagined Normal: Disability, Pride & Culture.”

Broad Recognition, Yale University’s feminist magazine, and Yale Daily News, Yale University’s student newspaper, both covered “Ableism and the Violent History of Disabled Oppression,” my November 2013 Master’s Tea at Saybrook College.

The blog SpaceRobot Crew covered my April 2013 talk at the University of Washington, Seattle, on “Deconstructing Rhetoric on Disabled (A)Sexuality.”

The Flat Hat, the student newspaper of the College of William and Mary, covered my April 2013 talk, “Politicized Disability and the Crisis of Disabled Oppression.”

The Hoya, the student newspaper of Georgetown University, covered the November 2012 panel that I moderated on “Disability and Inclusion in the Humanities.”

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I am an educator, activist/organizer, speaker/trainer, policy advocate, and writer focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people.
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