Disability History Symposium

The Disability History Symposium will highlight people and stories that are paving the way for an accessible and inclusive society.

Speakers include Beth English, John McCarty, Barbara Fischer, Eric Ndouba, Kathi Frankel, Sandra Wilcox, Marian Jackson, Helen Johnson, Jill Alexander, Philip Jay, Shirley Brooks, Rachel Watson, Gail Bottoms, Sally Carter and Gillian Grable.

Featured Exhibit: Art installation by Rachel Watson, UGA student, who was inspired by her archives’ discovery of lists of patients at Central State Hospital in the mid-1800s. Intrigued by the question of 'Why do people treat others as they do?,' she uses pillars of select wood to weave a visual, two-year story of those forced to live their lives in exclusion.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served to those who RSVP for the event. For diet or disability accommodations or additional information, contact Robert Lay at robert.lay@uga.edu or (706) 542-0627

A reception from 3:30-5 p.m. will follow the event. The reception honors the University of Georgia students who developed exhibits for the event from materials in the Georgia Disability History Archive, housed at the Richard B. Russel Library for Political Research and Studies.

Wednesday, October 30 at 9:30am to 3:00pm

Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries
300 S Hull Street, Athens, GA 30605

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Department of Human Development and Family Science
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