Inaugural SSD Annual EDI Lecture

Event date
6 June 2024
Event time
17:30 - 19:00
Oxford week
TT 7
Weston Library Lecture Hall (hybrid)

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Join us for an inspiring evening delving into the heart of disability justice and culture with Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Professor of English and Bioethics at Emory University. 

You are warmly invited to join us, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Irene Tracey, Chief Diversity Officer Professor Tim Soutphommasane, and Head of the Social Sciences Division Professor Tim Power at the Social Sciences Division's Inaugural EDI lecture.

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Professor Garland-Thomson is a renowned US-based author, educator, and thought leader. She will speak about her pioneering work to develop the field of critical disability studies and to bring disability culture, access, and justice to a broad range of institutions and communities. Her lecture will cover a diverse array of topics relevant to disability, ranging from disability and artistic creation to euthanasia and selective foetal testing.

Professor Garland-Thomson's 2016 op-ed about her own experiences ‘Becoming Disabled’, was the inaugural article in a weekly series in the New York Times. She recently co-edited the series into a collection, About Us: Essays from the Disability Series, which captures the voices of a community that has for too long been stereotyped and misrepresented. About Us offers intimate stories of how those with disabilities navigate a world not built for them. 

Her work claims a space in which people with disabilities can be seen and heard as they are – not as others perceive them. 

Now, she brings her wealth of experience to our event, alongside a distinguished discussant, Professor Jonathan Herring of Oxford's Law Faculty, whose work focusses on how the law interacts with “the important things in life: not money, companies or insurance; but love, friendship and intimacy”. His current projects include a co-edited collection on the philosophy of disability law.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a transformative conversation that seeks to challenge perceptions and ignite change.

We very much hope to see you there, please register by the 28 May using the button below.

The lecture will be followed by refreshments in the foyer of the Weston Library.

Register (hybrid event)

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