Thursday, April 4

4:00 – 4:15 p.m. | Iowa City Public Library
Welcome by Patricia Zebrowski (Communication Sciences and Disorders) and Douglas Baynton (History), faculty Symposium co-organizers

4:15 – 5:30 p.m. | Iowa City Public Library
Keynote by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (English)
Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor
In collaboration with the 2019 Craft, Critique, and Culture Conference organized by the Graduate Students of the UI Department of English

Family Misfits in the Frankenstein Ballet”
Introduction by Douglas Baynton (History), faculty Symposium co-organizer

The balletic adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel presents a drama of a parent’s refusal to accord full moral personhood to an unexpected and unfamiliar child who enters a family in an unorthodox way. 

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | MERGE/Iowa City Co-Lab (Ped Mall, 136 S. Dubuque St.)

Friday, April 5

8:30 MERGE/Iowa City Co-Lab (Ped Mall, 136 S. Dubuque St.)

8:45 Welcome
Teresa Mangum (Director, UI, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies)
Jen Knights (Marketing and Community Engagement Specialist, UI School of Social Work) With thanks to the School of Social Work for Co-Sponsorship

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. | MERGE/Iowa City Co-Lab (Ped Mall, 136 S. Dubuque St.)
Interactive Session: Teaching Critical Disability Studies

Patricia Bahr (Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research) will share assignments from her course, Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility for Online Instruction. The course explores universal design for learning, assistive technology, and accessibility, providing students with a reading or writing disability simulation. 

Erin Barnes (Rehabilitation and Counselor Education) will share an assignment from her course, Counseling for Related Professions, that has undergraduates complete person-centered plans for homeless clients, many of whom experience psychiatric and/or chronic health conditions. 

Krista Davidson (Communication Sciences and Disorders) will share an assignment from her course, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, that asks students to design and create an augmentative communication aid for a client.

Jennifer DiVita (Communication Sciences and Disorders) will share her experience teaching Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology, in which graduate students under DiVita’s supervision provide speech therapy services to individuals with pediatric speech and language disorders. The course emphasizes collaboration with team care members.

Naomi Greyser (GWSS, American Studies, English) and Isabella Brauhn (College of Public Health) will share an assignment from their sex and popular culture course that asks students to consider just and unjust distributions of sexual agency and analyze the strategic work of disability activists who respond to objectification, disenfranchisement, and excision from publics, public spaces, and categories of the human. 

Jennifer Janechek (Rhetoric) will share an assignment she designed for two diversity-focused literature and rhetoric courses that introduce students to disability studies as a lens through which to analyze arguments and literary texts; the assignment encourages students to understand the importance of using inclusive language.

John Manak (Biology and Pediatrics) will discuss his practice of bringing into his classroom individuals with genetic disorders in order to generate discussions about living with such a disorder and ultimately teach understanding and acceptance.

Meredith Saletta (Communication Sciences and Disorders) will discuss her General Education course, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Both traditional students and UI REACH students participate in the course.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | MERGE (Ped Mall, 136 S. Dubuque St.)

Margaret Price (Rhetoric): “Working in Intolerable Space(Times): An Empirical Study of Academic Ableism”
Introduction by Naomi Greyser (GWSS, American Studies, English) 

Price will describe findings from her ten years of research in academic settings and argue for a new understanding of access based upon the concept of “crip spacetime.”

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Iowa City Public Library
Frank Durham (Journalism and Mass Communication) interviews comedian Nina G. 

2:00 – 3:15 p.m. | Iowa City Public Library
Michele Friedner (Anthropology): “Love and Disability Alterworlds in Urban India”
Introduction by Diana Cates (Religious Studies)

In urban India, “love” is mobilized to imagine and create secular and religious worlds. Michele Friedner will ask how the concept of “the social” in disability studies and the ways that it is bound up within liberal and secular framings foreclose on the existence of disability otherworlds (or alterworlds).

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. | Iowa City Public Library
Early Career Scholars Roundtable: The Future of Critical Disability Studies
with graduate Symposium organizers Hope Gerlach and Corey Hickner-Johnson, as well as:

Lauren Bruno
Kristen Chmielewski
Kaydee Ecker
Jennifer Janechek
Lydia Maunz-Breese
Andrew Tubbs
Joy Melody Woods

8:00 p.m. | IMU Hawkeye Room
Feature performance (and follow-up Q&A) by comedian Nina G.
Opening acts by UI graduate students Andrew Tubbs and Alex Lange

Saturday, April 6

9:30 Coffee

9:45 – 11:00 a.m. | Iowa City Public Library
Susan Schweik (English): “Unfixed: How the Women of the Glenwood Institution Overturned Ideas About IQ—and Why We Don’t Know About It”
Introduction by Lisa Heineman (History and GWSS)

Schweik will explore the history of a now infamous “Iowa Idea”—the designation of women deemed “feebleminded.” What, she asks, can we can learn when these women leave the margins and become the center of this story about unfixing, misfitting, and the long undoing of eugenics?

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Iowa City Public Library
Sami Schalk (Gender and Women’s Studies): “504 and Beyond: Disability Politics and the Black Panther Party”
Introduction by Christopher-Rasheem McMillan (GWSS and Dance)  

How did the Black Panther Party engage with disability politics in their activism and revolutionary agenda? Sami Schalk will explore their involvement in the 1977 504 sit-in and use their work to make larger arguments about how black activists articulate and enact disability politics differently than the mainstream, white disability rights movement.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Iowa City Public Library 
Panel: Technology + Arts + Design: Retrofitting Worlds and Bodies
Moderator: Teresa Mangum (Obermann Center; Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and English)

Activities and inventions at the intersection of arts, design, and technology can enrich the experience of the world around us. This conversational panel features artists and scholars whose work at the intersection engages deeply with people negotiating with
learning and social abilities related to success and quality of life.

Mary Adamek (School of Music, UI)
As part of the UI REACH program, music provides college-aged students with disabilities transition skills. REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) is a two-year certificate program in the UI College of Education for students with multiple intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities.

Eileen Ball (Curry College)
Digital storytelling offers an excellent way to engage learning-disabled college students.  

Elizabeth Delsandro (Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Hands-on visual arts projects that intersect with science can motivate children with autism spectrum disorders to participate, explore and learn, play, communicate, and socially interact with peers.

Juan Pablo Hourcade
(Computer Science, UI)
Through an example of research with children diagnosed with autism, we can see how human centered approaches to technology design can maximize inclusion.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

3:00 – 4:15 p.m. | Iowa City Public Library
Joseph Straus (Music)
Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor

Cultural Representations of Idiocy in a Modernist (Eugenic) Era”
Introduction by Marian Wilson Kimber (Music)

Modernist literature and music construct the figure of the “Eugenic Idiot”—a feared source of violence—but also find in “idiocy” a crucial artistic resource, one that enables the sorts of artistic innovations that centrally define artistic modernism.

4:15 – 4:45 p.m. | Iowa City Public Library
Combined Efforts Men’s Choir Performance

4:45 – 5:30 p.m. | Iowa City Public Library
Closing Roundtable Reflections

Note that locations are tentative; please check back in mid-February for any updates.