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Scholar Fierce: Access at Black Portraitures

Most conferences are not accessible for people with disabilities to present or attend. Access, for me, is about space for physically disabled people, mental space for folks who think differently, intellectual space to consider disability, and temporal space for folks … Continue reading

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Scholar Fierce: That Time When MLK Was on Vacation & Other Gasp-worthy Moments

I appreciate a failure to be respectable. Want to know why? Because. In a panel entitled “Activating Histories: Visualizing and Restaging the Archive,” I prepared to have a sobering experience about what it means to read an archive and what … Continue reading

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Scholar Fierce: You Will Not Out Do Black People, Florence/Firenze Edition

My main point in going to Florence was to attend the Black Portraitures conference, curated by colleagues at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. My excitement was two-fold. First, this had the serious, serious line-up of Black Studies scholars. In … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Notes: Figuring Out ‘Taking [My] Time’

When I was just finishing as a grad student, I had a conversation with a trusted colleague & friend. He had a note for me. Specifically, he thought that I was moving too fast. (I had finished the dissertation in … Continue reading

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Reflections on Cognitive Impairment, Marriage, & Children

A friend asked a question on FB about whether cognitively impaired people should be allowed to marry and have children. I wanted to answer this question privately for a wide variety of reasons. My response is long and certainly mitigated … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Notes: What Are You Going to Do?

If there is one question that strikes a bit of fear into many about sabbatical it is, “What are you going to do?” This question engenders anxiety for several reasons. First, sometimes I just don’t want to tell people. Second, … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Notes: Back to Good

For the past few weeks, I have had Matchbox 20’s “Back 2 Good” stuck in my head. Something about the song has appealed to me in this beginning sabbatical moment. The drumbeat that starts the song provides a sense of … Continue reading

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Sabbatical – Frequently Asked Questions

What is sabbatical? The term “sabbatical” is Greek in origin (sabbatikós), meaning “of or pertaining to the Sabbath.” In faith-based communities the Sabbath is the day of rest. In academic communities, sabbatical is short for “sabbatical year.” The sabbatical year, … Continue reading

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Political Flesh XXII: Summer Reading in Disability Studies

In case you thought I wasn’t done yet, here I come again! I have a ton of reading left to recommend. This time, I’m digging in the crates (or rather the stacks) for new work in Disability Studies. To be … Continue reading

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Political Flesh XXI: Breast Cancer Pics.. Don’t Stare?

I just saw an article on CBS news about a woman who had to fight Facebook because she put photos of her breasts post-mastectomy online. See here (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/breast-cancer-survivor-battles-facebook-over-mastectomy-photos/). The sad part of this story is that it is not new. … Continue reading

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