Disability and Pedagogy: Creating an Accessible Classroom

Professor Heather Love, English, and Jami N. Fisher, ASL Program Coordinator, Department of Linguistics

Monday, November 4 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Sarah Nicolazzo, CTL Fellow, Comparative Literature

Location: Cherpack Lounge, 543 Williams Hall

Summary: How might we root our pedagogy in the activist and theoretical positions outlined by the field of disability studies? Disability studies understands disability as a mode of human variety and difference, which only becomes an impairment when an inaccessible environment makes it so. Access, therefore, requires the structural transformation of institutions—such as, for example, the university. What does it mean, then, to teach accessibly? How do teachers transform these analytical insights into practical strategies for the classroom? How does thinking critically about access and disability help us better teach all of our students? Join us for a conversation with Heather Love and Jami N. Fisher as we address these questions and more.
All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Comparative Literature department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward CTL Teaching Certificate.