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May 2020

Virtual Event | Reading/Book Talk: Nadina LaSpina, Such a Pretty Girl

May 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
NY United States

Friday May 15th, 4-5:30 PM,  Zoom - RSVP for link and to provide access requests Disability rights activist Nadina LaSpina will read from her memoir Such a Pretty Girl: A Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride, which describes her journey to find a place for herself in an ableist world. The reading will be followed by a conversation with authors Simi Linton (disability rights activist) and Jessie Male (disability scholar at NYU Gallatin). The audiobook edition of Such a Pretty Girl launches…

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Film Screening and Discussion: Disability, Documentary, and Description

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Film Screening and Discussion: Disability, Documentary, and Description Thursday, May 7th, 7 to 9pm Virtual event: Zoom information provided to RSVPs. Image description: A white woman with shoulder length blonde hair covering one eye, sits, looking down and wearing a polka-dotted raincoat. To the side of her is a hand-held mirror that reflects her hand and some coins. A caption appears on top of her hands that reads "so I am counting coins and putting in envelopes." The film, art,…

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CANCELLED Touch This Page: Closing Reception at NYU Tandon

May 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Bern Dibner Library, 5 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY United States
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EXHIBITION on view for the Spring 2020 semester. CLOSING RECEPTION 4pm to 5:30pm on 5/10. Bern Dibner Library, NYU Tandon (5 MetroTech Center) “Touch This Page! Making Sense of the Ways We Read” is an exhibition about multisensory experiences of reading. Its central objects are 3D replicas from historical books for blind and low-vision readers printed between 1830 and 1910. Join CDS, NYU Libraries, and co-curators Sari Altschuler and David Weimer for a tour of the exhibit, followed by a…

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April 2020

CANCELLED Screening/Discussion: Perfectly Normal for Me

April 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
20 Cooper Square, 2nd floor event space, 20 Cooper Square, 2nd Floor Event Space
New York, NY United States
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Thursday April 23rd,   5-7 PM 20 Cooper Square, 2nd floor Commons CANCELLED Perfectly Normal for Me (Catherine Tambini, 2018, 50 min)  Post-screening discussion: Director Catherine Tambini, producer Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, and dancers/protagonists Veronica Siaba and Kathleen Downes Alexandria, Jake, Caitlin and Veronica, ages 5 to 15, want to change the conversation. They reveal in their own words what it’s like to deal with the literal ups and downs of a challenged life. In this intimate verité documentary, four charismatic kids strive…

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CANCELLED Screening/Discussion: Code of the Freaks

April 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
19 University Place First floor theater, 19 University Place, First floor theater (102)
New York, NY United States
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With apologies, this event has been cancelled. Friday April 3, 4-6 PM,  19 University Place, First floor theater (102)  Code of the Freaks (Salome Chasnoff, 2020, 68 min.) Taking its title from Tod Browning’s classic film, this radical reframing of how characters with disabilities are represented looks at a century of Hollywood favorites with a fresh perspective. Disability activists imagine a cinematic landscape that takes people with disabilities seriously. Post-screening discussion with director Salome Chasnoff; writer Alyson Patsavas; cinematographer and…

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March 2020

CANCELLED | Reading/Book Talk: Ralph Savarese, The Body Is a Big Sagacity

March 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
8th Floor Commons, 239 Greene Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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In light of the university's response to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.   Thursday March 12,4-6 PM,  239 Greene Street, 8th floor commons Ralph Savarese (Grinnell College) The Body Is a Big Sagacity: Reading Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony with Autist Jamie Burke From:  See it Feelingly: Classic Novels, Autistic Readers and the Schooling of a No-Good English Professor Discussant: Kristie Koenig  Talk Description Jamie Burke, a white, autistic self-advocate, learned to speak through innovative occupational therapy at the age…

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February 2020

Talking Books and the History of Aural Speed Reading

February 27 @ 6:00 pm
Bobst Library 745, 70 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012 United States
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Mara Mills, "Talking Books and the History of Aural Speed Reading" Thursday, February 27th at 6:00pm Bobst Library, Room 745 Speech gained momentum in television and radio broadcasting in the 1970s, after the commercialization of "time compressors" that allowed tape recordings to be accelerated without any change in pitch. This talk will discuss the cultural imperative for aural speed reading among blind Talking Book readers, dating to the 1930s, which drove time-stretching innovations in the magnetic tape era, allowing playback…

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Sick and Tender: Sini Anderson and Amy Berkowitz in Conversation

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
8th Floor Commons, 239 Greene Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Sick and Tender: Sini Anderson and Amy Berkowitz in Conversation Monday, February 24th 239 Greene Street, 8th Floor Commons   Presented by the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture Co-Sponsored by the NYU Center for Disability Studies and the NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication 239 Greene Street, 8th Floor Commons, 6:30 to 8:30 (access via 18 Washington Place) Sini Anderson’s forthcoming documentary So Sick shines light on the late-stage Lyme epidemic, while Amy Berkowitz’sTender Points explores connections between chronic pain…

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December 2019

Radical Visibility: Sky Cubacub of Rebirth Garments

December 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
16 Cooper Square, Studio, 16 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Three people against gray wall. Sky Cubacub on the left wears pink and blue scalemaille headpiece, chainmaille crop top with shoulder and reflective clear/white scalemaille details and sleeveless bodysuit colorblocked with neon colors and black-and-white triangle pattern with handmade wrestling boots in silver and turquoise. Alice Wong of the Disability Visibility Project is sitting in power wheelchair in middle and has a knit pink hat, using a ventilator, and black-and-white zigzag leggings with the seams on the outside, hooded cape with teal and orange colorblocking. Nina Litoff on far right kneels down, wearing a black chainmaille chestpiece with a black sheer tank dress with a chevron piece over their chest and a black and silver holo skirt under. All three wear colorful makeup and look directly at the camera.

**Venue update: 16 Cooper Square, Studio, Center for Ballet and the Arts** PERFORMANCE followed by DISCUSSION facilitated by Prof. Kevin Gotkin, NYU MCC & DANT Instead of a typical stoic runway, Rebirth Garments hosts fashion performances that feature local models of all sizes and ages who identify as Queer and/ or Crip including apparent and non-apparent disabilities/ disorders all dancing in custom garments designed specifically to serve their physical and social needs. Through dancing, models show how the garments help…

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October 2019

Screening Disabilities

October 19, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Screening Disabilities: When I Walk & When We Walk with Margaret Mead Film Festival, American Museum of Natural History, 79th and Central Park West.  Two films by Jason DaSilva: 12:30pm When I Walk (2013, 85 mins) / 2:30pm When We Walk (2019, 78 min)  Documentaries by filmmaker/disability activist Jason DaSilva reveal the possibilities and politics of living with disability. Talkback with director DaSilva.  Tickets* here *NYU students, professors and staff are entitled to a discounted ticket. Contact faye.ginsburg@nyu.edu for information.…

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