Upcoming events hosted by the Critical Disability Studies Collective and a related event sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Oct. 26, 12:30pm -2:00pm Sustainable Design Strategies and the Future of Accessibility -- Johnna S. Keller

R-380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Building, St. Paul Campus

A Critical Disability Studies Collective brown-bag lunch lecture with Johnna S. Keller

Sustainable architecture in the 21st century tends to work without explicit attention to disability. In this public lecture, Johnna S. Keller discusses ways that architecture can consciously consider both sustainability and accessibility as creative design challenges, thus promoting a socially just and ecologically restorative environment. For access information and other details, visit the Facebook event: Event Co-Sponsors Include –The College of Design; The Dept. of Geography, Environment & Society; The Institute on the Environment; The Disability Resource Center; and Freedom by Design.

Oct. 26: The Pressure to Be Grateful: On Debt and Sacrifice in Asian American Life -- Dr. Mimi Khúc

4pm-5:30pmm Nolte Center for Continuing Education room 140 - East Bank

Join us in a workshop to discuss with Dr. Mimi Khúc the feelings of debt that arise in Asian American families and the structures that shape them--and the subsequent costs to Asian American mental health. We will read and discuss daughter-to-mother letters published in Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health, and then write the letters to our parents that we've always needed to write. Dr. Mimi Khúc is a Vietnamese American scholar, teacher, and writer on race and religion, queer of color politics, mental health, and Asian American motherhood.
Free and open to all.  Co-hosted by Asian American Studies, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota and Rigs (Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Initiative

Oct. 27: Race, Disability, and Mental Health on Campus - A One-Day CDSC Symposium 

Walter Library, Room 101

10:00am – 12:00pm: Keynote Addresses 
Dr. Mimi Khúc, University of Maryland 
Dr. Margaret Price, The Ohio State University

1:30pm – 3:30pm: University Roundtable with Keynote Speakers
Heather Lou, Office for Equity and Diversity

Nina Hernandez Beithon, Student Counseling Services

Abeer Syedah, UMN Alum/Director of Equality & Inclusion for Students United

According to a 2017 UMN report on student mental health, 35% of students report they are unable to manage their stress. Trauma, depression, and anxiety have become key for college campuses to address. Critical race/ethnic studies and disability studies both make important contributions to this question. College campuses are not level playing-fields: at all levels, people of color, women, disabled people, poor people, and LGBTQ communities experience mental health issues in greater numbers and need greater support and resources. 

In this one-day symposium, we invite nationally renowned scholars, staff, and students to reflect on how to imagine truly equitable "cultures of access”. What are cultures of access? How can we think them intersectionally across the axes of race, gender, sexuality, and ability? What would it look like to rethink mental health on college campuses as a structural / collective issue, rather than an individual struggle?

Symposium Co-Sponsors: The Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Initiative (RIGS); The Disability Recourse Center; The Gender & Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life; The Women’s Center; The Center for Bioethics; The Dept. of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; and Asian American Studies



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