Scholar Rosemarie Garland-Thomson Headlines UO Disability Studies Forum

October 30, 2014
11:00 amto1:00 pm
3:00 pmto5:00 pm

Keynote Luncheon (must RSVP), held 11-1,
Ford Alumni Center
Community Conversation, 3-5 pm, Gerlinger Lounge
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disability_forum_flye_WEBProfessor Rosemarie Garland-Thomson of Emory University, one of the most influential and respected figures in disability studies, will present her current research on the bioethics of technology at the second annual UO Disability Studies Forum. The forum consists of two events this year:

  • Keynote Luncheon featuring Prof. Garland-Thomson’s speech, 11-1, Ford Alumni Center. Attendance at the keynote luncheon is by RSVP to
  • Community Conversation, 3-5 pm, Gerlinger Lounge. UO faculty members will share their work and visions for the growth of disability studies at the University of Oregon. Prof. Garland-Thomson will serve as respondent. Prof. Allison Hobgood of Willamette University and Prof. Jose Alaniz of the University of Washington will also report on their work in disability studies at other institutions in the Pacific Northwest.

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson has been a trailblazer and leading light in disability studies for the past twenty years. Disability studies builds knowledge about disability that serves social justice and brings innovative perspectives to academic venues and the wider world. Her current book project Habitable Worlds: Disability, Technology, and Eugenics addresses how biotechnologies can serve either eugenic or inclusive ends. Her recent articles in bioethics journals make the case for disability as a crucial aspect of human society. Her previous books include Staring: How We Look (Oxford UP, 2009) and Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature (Columbia UP, 1997). Her work with national and international organizations has sped the growth of disability studies. In 2010 she received the Senior Scholar Award from the Society for Disability Studies in recognition of her contributions to building the field. In 2009 The Utne Reader chose her as one of the “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” Events are free and open to the public and will be ASL interpreted and open captioned. Please send other requests for disability accommodation to


Sponsored by the University of Oregon Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Office of the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Office of Academic Affairs, Accessible Education Center, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and the Center for the Study of Women in Society (see also the CSWS Disability Studies Research Interest Group).