Global Discovery Series: The Importance of Disability Scholarship
The Global Discovery Lecture Series lets you explore the world virtually, both far and near, with Penn faculty members and your fellow alumni community. Each live, interactive lecture features Penn professors sharing new and innovative research on a variety of topics. Participants will have the opportunity to ask in-depth questions and are sure to learn something new in each one hour session.
Disability is a near universal experience, and yet it remains on the margins of most discussions concerning identity, politics, and popular culture. Using the latest works in historical scholarship, this webinar focuses on how disability has been experienced and defined in the United States. One purpose of the discussion will be to demonstrate how disability as a historical phenomenon has profoundly shaped current attitudes toward reproduction and immigration, ideals of technological progress, and notions of the natural and the normal.