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Labor and Disability: No Right to Be Idle

October 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

No Right to Be Idle book cover featuring a black and white photo of asylum cafeteria

In collaboration with the Skirball Center’s On Your Marx festival
Co-Sponsor: NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

Join us for a book talk and celebration of No Right to Be Idle (2017) with author Sarah Rose (UTexas, Arlington), winner of the 2018 Philip Taft Labor History Prize.

Starting in the late 19th century, Americans with disabilities came to be labeled “unproductive citizens.” Before that, disabled people had contributed to homes, farms, and the wage labor market. Rose analyzes the social transformations that barred workers with disabilities from mainstream workplaces, casting them as morally questionable dependents in need of rehabilitation to achieve “self-care” and “self-support.”

All events are free and open to the public but seating is limited. The spaces are wheelchair accessible.

To RSVP and for other accommodations: please email: emily.rogers [at] nyu.edu

*Book available for purchase



October 24, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


NYU Center for Disability Studies


8th Floor Commons
239 Greene Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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