Reminder: Final due date

Just a reminder that everything is due by Sunday, May 1, at 11:59pm.


Henry Giroux lecture

Here is the lecture we watched an excerpt from, Henry Giroux’s “Where is the Outrage? Critical Pedagogy in Dark Times,” in class yesterday. In addition, Natalie found this paper, which may be the transcript or an article version of the lecture, if you want to read it.

This Tuesday: Eli Clare at Smith College

An Evening With Eli Clare
Tuesday, March 22nd, 7-9pm Stoddard Auditorium, Smith College
Join queer disabled writer and activist Eli Clare for an exploration of cure and a reading from his newest unpublished book.

Join queer disabled writer and activist Eli Clare for an exploration of cure and a reading from his newest unpublished book.

Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure

Using memoir, history, and critical analysis, Eli uncovers how cure as an ideology serves many purposes. It saves lives, manipulates lives, prioritizes lives, makes profits, justifies violence, and promises resolution to body and mind losses. He grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our bodies and minds. He tells stories and histories from disability communities, people of color communities, fat activist communities, and queer and transgender communities, always drawing upon an intersectional analysis of race, disability, sexuality, class, and gender.


This event is wheelchair accessible. If you need other accommodations to access this program including ASL interpretting please email Emma Cornwell at

Critical Inquiry #3

For this critical inquiry, I would like you to choose and analyze a news story or pop culture item (such as an ad, music video, performance, or TV show) that explicitly or implicitly relates to disability. Drawing from at least three readings from our last three classes (Feb. 22, Feb. 29, and March 7), your analysis should address, in part, the following questions: How does the news story (in its framing and/or what it describes) or the pop culture item represent disability? How does ableism/disability oppression inform that representation and is reproduced by it, and/or how does the representation challenge disability oppression/ableism? (The representation may or may not both reproducing and challenging ableism.)

DUE: Monday, March 21, by 11:59pm

Class Facilitation Plans 2/22

Hi everyone! For our class tomorrow, Ella and I are planning to do a couple things which we wanted to give you a chance to preview if you want:

  • We will show the first five and a half minutes or so of a video, Shit People Say (to Sick and Disabled Queers)
    • Trigger Warnings: ableism, ableist slurs / language, sexual content, cissexism
    • Notes: has subtitles, no image descriptions, has at least one part where ableist slurs and language (intentionally?) go by very fast, very US-centric
  • Like last week’s facilitators, we will hand out paper copies of a worksheet in class, with questions about the readings. We probably won’t be able to get to all the questions, but you will have a chance to work on whichever ones interest you the most individually and, if you want, in small groups (not required though). You may also access and edit the worksheet online here:

See you soon!