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Events & Activities

Spring 2014


GARY KARP
Life on Wheels: Living Fully with Mobility Issues

Thursday, April 10, 7:30-9:00
5 Washington Place, Room 101

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A wheelchair user since injuring his spinal cord in 1973 at the age of 18, author and Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame educator Gary Karp speaks about the significance of resilience and activism in the face of traumatic injury, and the new paradigm of modern disability.

Copies of Gary Karp's books will be available.
Sponsored by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
Department of Occupational Therapy, NYU


RACHEL ADAMS reads from
Raising Henry : A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability and Discovery (2013)

Friday, April 4, 12-2
726 Broadway, Room 542

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Lunch will be served*

In this moving, literary book, Adams, (English/ American Studies, Columbia), shares her journey with Henry, her second son, born with Down syndrome. She chronicles their encounters with continuing prejudice and the everyday activism that emerges from living life with a difference.

Copies of the book will be for sale.
*Please RSVP for event, including lunch and dietary needs or for specific accommodations beyond wheelchair accessibility: faye.ginsburg@nyu.edu


HARILYN ROUSSO reads from
Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back (2013)

Friday, March 28, 12-2
726 Broadway, Room 542

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Lunch will be served*

Harilyn Rousso - pioneering disability activist, feminist, psychotherapist, painter, and writer -- will be reading from and discussing her new acclaimed memoir Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back (Temple University Press, 2013)



Talk by Amanda Cachia

Sponsored by the Disability Studies & Disabilities Community Club
Co-sponsored by the NYU Council for the Study of Disability

Tuesday March 25th,2014 6-8pm
Kimmel 805

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Amanda Cachia will present a lecture regarding the challenges of curating exhibitions that explore disability as its central theme. Questions Cachia will explore include, what are the ethical and practical responsibilities for curators in thinking about exhibits that offer disability as a central subject matter? How can access become a dynamic conceptual tool for interrogation in art exhibitions? What kinds of hurdles must a curator negotiate when dealing with artists who are ambivalent about their relationship to disability and participating in a disability exhibit?

Amanda Cachia is an independent curator from Sydney, Australia and is currently completing her PhD in Art History, Theory & Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation will focus on the intersection of disability and contemporary art. Cachia completed her second Masters degree in Visual & Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco in spring, 2012. Cachia received her first Masters in Creative Curating from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2001. She held the position Director/Curator of the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada from 2007-2010, and has curated approximately 30 exhibitions over the last ten years in various cities across the USA, England, Australia and Canada. Her writing has been published in numerous exhibition catalogues, Canadian Art magazine, Art Monthly Australia magazine, and peer-reviewed academic journals such as Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, and Disability Studies Quarterly. She has lectured and participated in numerous international and national conferences and related events within the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe. Cachia is a dwarf activist and has been the Chair of the Dwarf Artists Coalition for the Little People of America since 2007.



Screenings and Discussions:
New Documentaries on Disability In Collaboration with the REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL

Sponsored by the Disability Studies & Disabilities Community Club
Co-sponsored by the NYU Council for the Study of Disability

BIPOLARIZED (2013)

Friday, March 7, 3-5 PM
NYU Langone Medical Center/1st Ave at 30th St, Alumni Hall B

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Screening of BiPolarized (2013, 76 min., Dir. Rita Kotzia; documentary) follows one man's journey to treat his mental illness through alternative means.

Panel discussion follows with: film's protagonist Ross McKenzie, writer/educator Sascha Altman Dubrull, Bellevue art therapist Lena Friedman, psychiatrist/NYU cultural studies Prof. Brad Lewis.

CINEMABILITY (2013)

Friday, March 7, 6-8 PM
Cinema Studies, Michelson Theater, 721 Broadway, 6th floor

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CinemAbility (2013, 98 min. Jenni Gold; documentary) goes behind the scenes with filmmakers, studio executives, film historians, and celebrities to explore the place of "disability" in entertainment, from silent films to present day Hollywood.
Followed by discussion with: actors Anita Hollander and Teal Sherer.

Presented in collaboration with: Bellevue Chemical Dependency Outpatient Program's Video Self-Documentary Group; NYU Medical Humanities; Department of Anthropology; The Center for Media, Culture and History; and  Reel Abilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, March 6-8, a showcase of award-winning films by and about people with disabilities. www.reelabilities.org