The Disability Studies Collaborative and the Disability Resource Center are proud to announce a special performance by renowned scholar and activist Simi Linton.
As a writer, consultant and public speaker, Simi Linton is one of America’s foremost experts on disability and the arts. She works with a diverse range of cultural organizations – theatre companies, film and television producers, museums, non-profit arts organizations, universities, and other groups across the country – to improve and increase the way disability is represented and depicted in all art forms.
Dr. Linton received a PhD in Counseling Psychology from New York University. She left her faculty position in 1998 as Associate Professor of Psychology in the Division of Education at Hunter College, after fourteen years of teaching, to write and establish her consultancy, Disability/Arts. She has been co-director of Columbia University’s "Seminar on Disability Studies" since 2003.
A Switzer Distinguished Fellowship enabled her to complete her first book, Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity (1998), which is widely used in university courses in women’s studies, disability studies, and cultural studies.
Her memoir, My Body Politic, was published in 2006 to critical acclaim.
While at the UA, Linton will be performing “My Body Politic: An Illustrated History,” which is a theatrical adaptation of her memoir. Linton is both the narrator and a participant in the work, which includes multi media materials (text, sound, images and video), as well as live performance and audience participation. The work embeds a personal narrative of the lived experience of disability within its social and political context (Act 1), and its cultural and artistic context (Act 2).
She will be performing in the Kiva Room in the Memorial Student Union on Tuesday, February 5, 2008, from 3:00 - 5:00 PM.
Her performance is free and open to the public.