Disability expert Margaret Price will discuss the ways mental disabilities impact colleges in the annual Hirsch Disability Awareness Lecture, November 12, 2015

Disability studies expert Margaret Price will deliver the annual Steven ’71 and Susan Hirsch Disability Awareness Lecture on Thursday, November 12, 5:30pm, in Taylor Hall, room 203. This event is free and open to the public.

Price is the author of Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life, the first book to focus on the ways that mental disabilities impact academic culture at institutions of higher education. In Mad at School Price argues that U.S. higher education would benefit from practices that create a more accessible academic world. Disability Studies Quarterly called the book “a must-read, with appeal for both general academic and disability studies audiences.” Her lecture, “Cripping College: Mental Disabilities and Inclusivity in the 21st-Century,” will draw from themes in the book.

Price is associate professor of English at Spelman College where she teaches rhetoric, composition, and creative nonfiction. Her areas of specialization include disability studies, qualitative research methodologies, and digital accessibility. Currently Price is at work on a study of disabled faculty and the politics of disclosure in higher education.

About the Steven Hirsch ’71 and Susan Hirsch Disability Awareness Lecture
The Steven Hirsch ’71 and Susan Hirsch Fund for Students with Disabilities is committed to student learning and faculty teaching development that helps Vassar more effectively meet the needs of students with diverse learning needs, particularly the needs of students with learning disabilities. Past speakers in the Hirsch lecture series have included Sam Chaltain, Patricia Quinn, Ned Hallowell, Rick Lavoie, Robert Brooks, Jonathan Mooney, LeDerick Horne, Martha Manning, and Thom Hartmann, on such issues as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, and clinical depression. The Hirsch fund also supports the Vassar chapter of Eye to Eye, a national organization that partners with local communities, schools, and universities to bring young adults with learning disabilities into the lives of children with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder to build self-esteem, empower learning, and nurture hope.

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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, October 28, 2015