Category Archives: Disability Studies

Interdependence with A.J. Withers

Listen (29 min) The Independent Living Movement got people out of institutions and inspired many of us to believe we could live without doctors, parents and others defining our lives.  But, no one is completely independent and, while it might … Continue reading

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Remembering Marta Russell (1951-2013) Part 1

Listen (29 min) A discussion in memory of the late activist author Marta Russell with interviews with Steve Weiss and Ravi Malhotra. Russell is especially noted for her book Beyond Ramps: Disability at the End of the Social Contract, which … Continue reading

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Karen Nakamura

Listen 29 min Pushing Limits is pleased to present an interview with cultural and visual anthropologist Karen Nakamura who recently accepted the position as Haas Distinguished  Chair of Disability Studies at UC Berkeley.   She is a highly-educated and skilled woman … Continue reading

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Transcript — Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History

ADRIENNE LAUBY: Welcome to Pushing Limits, KPFA’s program by, for, and about people with disabilities. I’m Adrienne Lauby. Local independent scholar Corbett O’Toole has first-hand experience with the creation of the west coast Independent Living Movement.  She brings those early … Continue reading

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Eli Clare, author of EXILE AND PRIDE

Friday, September 18, 2-3 pm PDT on KPFA First published in 1999, the groundbreaking book, Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation is essential to the history and future of disability politics. Eli Clare’s revelatory writing about his experiences as … Continue reading

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Eliminate Disability?

Listen (28 min) Is the eugenics movement returning to the U.S. under the guise of progress? Our guest is Dr. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, a professor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Emory University who works in the field of Critical … Continue reading

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The Bible and Disability

Listen (28 min.) In the Christian Bible, people with disabilities are compared to scarecrows and forbidden to approach the altar.  Yet, Moses, the great Biblical liberator had speech limitations.   Centuries later, Jesus said, “invite the poor, the crippled, the … Continue reading

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We Were There: U.S. Disability History

Two hours of information and context.  Listen Featuring: Kim Nielson, author of A Disability History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) Chris Gray, Blind Movement Archivist and advocate Members of the Disability Action Network – Youth (DANY) Important Moments … Continue reading

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Disability History Resources

Here’s some on-line videos and other material compiled by Sheela Gunn-Cushman to help you explore the fascinating history of people with disabilities. Disability Activist Ed Roberts on 60 minutes with Harry Reasoner 1989 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxidR5SZXxA ADA signing Ceremony 7/26/90 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ieH8FE9Dhw Independent … Continue reading

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Music, Disability and Society

Listen 28 min. Music scholar Alex Lubet will be our guest.  Lubet is the author of Music, Disability, and Society (Temple University, 2011). Topics include his concept of social confluence, and his analysis of both jazz musicians with disabilities and … Continue reading

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