Institute on Disabilities at Temple University

Institute Events and Trainings


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

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service