Institute Events and Trainings
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University


Disability and Change III
Meaningful Lives, Multiple Roles

The third annual Disability and Change symposium
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Temple University Main Campus
1755 North 13th Street
Student Center South, Room 200
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Directions and parking:

Real-time captioning will be provided. Access Room 200 by the main elevators in the lobby of the Student Center South.

Goal: To create conversation that transcends any one-dimensional depiction of people with disabilities, and foregrounds the multidimensional lives of our speakers—as writers, educators, performers, and advocates.


(Attend for the entire day OR for select speakers)

  • 9:00 AM
  • 10:00 AM
    Celia S. Feinstein and Amy S. Goldman, Co-Executive Directors, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
    Dr. Michael W. Smith, Associate Dean, College of Education, Temple University
  • 10 - 10:50 AM
    Student Voices on Disability and Change
    Temple students discuss the impact of disability in their lives.
  • 11 - 11:50 AM
    Dr. Julia Watts Belser, Professor of Theology, Georgetown University
    Disability and the Arts of Knowing
    Bringing a queer feminist sensibility to ancient Jewish texts and contemporary disability culture, this talk explores the politics and poetics of disability experience-and considers how disability can serve as a vibrant, sensuous source of embodied knowledge.
  • 12:00 PM
    LUNCH (on your own)
  • 1 - 1:50 PM
    Scherrone Dunhamn, Workforce Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor
    National Black Disability Coalition
    Equitable Access & Connections of the Spirit: The Resources That Shape Our Lives
    Financial resources can provide many necessary types of care: physical, psychological, and occupational-and all people with disabilities need an equitable way to gain access to them. Many other types of resources- friends, neighbors, community-are also crucial to our lives. These non-monetary resources keep the spirit in life.
  • 2 - 2:50 PM
    Dr. Christina Crosby, Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University
    Writing in the Interval: To Make Life Anew
    After a cycling accident left her quadriplegic at age 50, Christina Crosby was faced with beginning a new life in/with/as a profoundly transformed body. She will read from A Body, Undone: Living on After Great Pain, a memoir that explores the current of grief that tugs at her every day, and her long and continuing struggle to create what the philosopher Judith Butler calls a "livable life."
  • 3 - 3:50 PM
    Panel Discussion: Julia Watts Belser, Scherrone Dunhamn, Christina Crosby
    Moderator: Carmen Phelps, Director of Student Engagement, IDEAL

Temple University co-sponsors

Disability Resources and Services
The Center for Humanities
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Religion
Jewish Studies Program
Feinstein Center for American Jewish History
First-Year Writing Program
Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Lewis Katz School of Medicine


Must be requested by March 9.

Temple University's Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability