Lectures to focus on disabilities April 2-3

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Two talks centered on the topic of re-framing the discussion of disabilities will take place April 2 and 3 at Gettysburg College.

The April 2 talk, "Re-Framing Disability: New Ways of Seeing and
Representing Disability," will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the College Union Building Ballroom. The April 3 talk, "Integrating Disability Studies Into the Curriculum," will take place at noon in the College Union Building Room 260. Both will feature Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, a professor of women's studies at Emory University in Atlanta. The events are sponsored by Gettysburg College's Americans with Disabilities Act Committee and are open to the public at no charge. A book signing will follow both events.

Garland-Thomson's fields of study are feminist theory, American literature and disability studies. Her scholarly and professional activities are devoted to developing the field of disability studies in the humanities and women's studies. She is the author of "Staring: How We Look" and "Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Literature and Culture;" editor of "Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body;" and co-editor of "Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities." She is currently writing a book, "Cure or Kill: The Cultural Logic of Euthanasia," which traces eugenic thought through American literature.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2009

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