Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 11:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. - Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall
Representations of disability and illness play a large role in the billboard campaign by Foundation for a Better Life. The images script a vision of "community values" and "character development" that will result in a "better life" and future for the United States. A majority of the FBL billboards praise individuals with disabilities for having the strength of character to "overcome" their impairments.
Feminist disabilities scholar Alison Kafer offers a crip reading of these billboards, tracing their construction and surveillance of "failed" bodies, their adherence to a politics of race and gender sentimentality, and their potential subversion by disability activists.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Cosponsored by Student Development & Campus Life and the Women’s Studies Program.