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“Making Accessible Futures: From Ramps to #Cripthevote”

NYAS Lecture Series
September 26, 2016

We kick off the 2016/2017 season of the NYAS Anthropology Lecture Series on Monday, September 26th with two members of NYU's Dept. of Anthropology, Dr. Faye Ginsburg and Dr. Rayna Rapp  presenting “Making Accessible Futures: from ramps to #cripthevote.” PLEASE NOTE: Lecture begins at 6pm.

Since the late 20th century, American medical, legal and cultural institutions have embraced a recognition of disability as a form of life worth living, in contrast to earlier 20th century eugenic ideologies that often removed people with disabilities from public space and from life itself. In NYC locations as diverse as schools, medical laboratories, film festivals, homes and religious institutions, we have learned how families form new kinship imaginaries around the fact of disability; how disability publics emerge through a variety of media forms and activism; how scientists are rethinking cognitive diversity; how schools engage with and too often fail in launching students with disabilities into the world. The number of disabled citizens, currently estimated at almost 20% of the US population, is predicted to increase significantly over the next decade. In our talk, we consider how these materialities place “accessible futures” in constant negotiation, most recently with the unexpected emergence of disability activism as an incendiary issue in the current presidential campaign.

Please note:The lecture will begin at 6PM. Because the lecture is starting an hour earlier than usual, no dinner will be served at this event.

Pre-registration is required for entry into the building to attend the lecture..

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