Unspeakable: Disability History, Identity and Rights events

The Disability Studies Program and the Student Disability Commission at the University of Washington present:


A film and lecture series held at UW’s Odegaard Library, Room 220, January – March 2011. All events free and open to the public.

The “Unspeakable” series is presented in conjunction with the Willard exhibit, “The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic,” which has been brought to Odegaard Library by Live Inclusive (http://liveinclusive.org). The exhibit displays former patients’ belongings that were discovered during the closing of the Willard Psychiatric Center in 1995.

The supporting programming for the exhibit includes the “Unspeakable” series of film screenings (Tuesdays 5:30p.m.) and lectures by scholars in disability studies, as well as weekly panel presentations (Thursdays 6:00p.m.) on personal stories and policy issues that will be hosted by community organizations and agencies. All of these events will provide forums for conversations about perspectives on past and present disability issues. Don’t forget to listen to the curator of the event Darby Penny, who is coming to speak on Thursday, February 3rd at 6-8 p.m. in Odegaard 220.

UW co-sponsors of “Unspeakable”: Disability Studies Program; Norris & Dorothy Haring Center for Applied Research & Training in Education; Program on Values in Society; Department of History; Law, Societies, & Justice Program; Department of Political Science; Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies; Comparative History of Ideas Program; Women Studies Department; Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences; DO-IT; Disability Advocacy Student Alliance; ASUW Student Disability Commission; ASUW Women’s Action Commission; ASUW Gay Bisexual Lesbian Transgender Commission.

Events in the series are as follows:

Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m., Film: Lynchburg Story: Eugenic Sterilization in America.

Jan. 27, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Eli Clare (writer and activist) talk,Resisting Shame, Making Our Bodies Home, 309 Parrington.

Jan 28, 6 p.m., Eli Clare, Yearning Towards Carrie Buck.

Feb. 1, 5:30 p.m., Film: If I Can’t Do It

Feb. 3, 6 to 8 p.m., a presentation and discussion with Darby Penney, curator of The Lives They Left Behind.

Feb. 8, 5:30 p.m., Film: Hurry Tomorrow.

Feb. 10, 6 p.m., Geoffrey Reaume (York University) Memorializing Mad People’s History.

Feb. 14, 4:30 p.m., Philip Ferguson, Chapman University, The Doubting Dance: Contributions to a History of Parent/Professional Interactions in Early 20th Century America.

Feb. 15, 5:30 p.m., Film: In Our Care

Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m., Jennifer Stuber, UW School of Social Work, Transforming the American Conversation about Mental Health. Registration required.

Feb. 17, 6 to 8 p.m., panel discussion, What’s So Today.

Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m., Film: Unforgotten: 25 Years after Willowbrook

Feb. 24, 6 to 8 p.m., panel discussion, What’s So Today for Individuals, personal stories presentation and discussion.

March 1, 6 p.m., Jeffrey Brune, Gallaudet University, Blind Like Me: John Howard Griffin, Disability, and the Fluidity of Identity in Modern America.

March 3, 6 to 8 p.m., panel discussion, What’s So Today in Community, personal stories presentation and discussion.

March 7, 6 p.m., Licia Carlson, Providence College, Gender, Disability, and the Dynamics of Institutionalization.

March 10, 6 to 8 p.m., panel discussion, Turning the Corner to the Future.

March 15, 6 p.m., Joanne Woiak, UW Disability Studies Program, Voices from the Washington Archives: Eugenics and Forced Sterilization in State Institutions.

March 17, 6 to 8 p.m., panel discussion, What’s The Future Hold – World Café.

For more information about the “Unspeakable” lectures and films, please go to http://uwdisability.wordpress.com or contact Joanne Woiak, UW Disability Studies Program, jwoiak@uw.edu.