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Past Events

Below is a list of past Disability Cultural Center events, with the most recent events listed at the top.  Events are listed by academic year (e.g., "Fall 2012-Spring 2013").  Click on the name of an academic year in the table of contents, below, to automatically jump to the list of events from that year.  Please note that the titles of most events are hyperlinks leading to PDF-format posters for those events.  Each hyperlink opens in a new window.

Fall 2015-Spring 2016
  • OrangeAbility 2016 4/16/2016 1:00-4:00 pm Women’s Building on the Syracuse University Campus. OrangeAbility is an accessible, adaptive, and inclusive sports exposition held on the Syracuse University campus.  On Saturday, April 16 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm in the Syracuse University Women's Building, you will have the opportunity to learn about and participate in wheelchair basketball, power soccer, sled hockey, and more! American Sign Language interpretation will be provided. http://orangeability.syr.edu/ Professional photos of this event available for download here.

  • A Place at the Table: Community, Food, Access 4/15/2016 11:30am-1:00pm Hoople 106 Join us for Community, Food, Access Co-facilitated by Melda Rodriguez (Brainfeeders) and Christy Kalebic (Disability Student Union) Inclusive (gluten-free and Kosher) food and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided. Sponsors: Disability Cultural Center, Disability Student Union, Brainfeeders, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Food Studies Program, and Lisa Thomas in Health Services. This event is made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives program within the Division of Student Affairs.

A Place at the Table:Food is an incredibly important part of many cultures around the world. In what ways do cultures shape our relationships with food? What happens when dietary restrictions, allergies, disabilities, ethics, values, principals, religion, and preferences collide with the cultural norms about food and eating? This ongoing luncheon series will explore these questions while also providing a more normalized eating environment for those routinely left out of food culture. In other words, everyone has a place at the table. 

KEYNOTE: How I Met That Deaf Guy. How I Met That Hearing Girl. Matt and Kay Daigle, Creators of Webcomic, That Deaf Guy KEYNOTE: Writing on My Own Behalf: The Creation of El Deafo and Its Impact on Myself and Others. Cece Bell, Newbery Medal Recipient, Author and Illustrator PLENARY SESSION: Deaf-initely Ironic...?  Notes from the Field. Moderated by Dr. Diane Wiener, with Matt and Kay Daigle, Kanisha Ffriend, Kate Pollack, Carlisle Robinson, and Gilles Stromberg PLUS: A LATE NIGHT SCREENING! Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, with open captions and audio description. In collaboration with Orange After Dark (Gifford Auditorium, HBC) Inclusive Snacks 9:15 Film 10:00  Discussion @ Midnight http://oad.syr.edu

This symposium is made possible by the Cocurricular Departmental Initiatives Program within the Division of Student Affairs, and cosponsored by the Disability Cultural Center, the Center on Human Policy, and the Disability Student Union.  Special thanks to Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri, DSA Technical Services, Student Centers and Programming Services, and the awesome Orange After Dark team in the Office of Student Activities.

  • The 5th Annual Vigil in Remembrance of People with Disabilities Murdered by Family Members and Caregivers 3/1/16 - online

  • Disabilifunk 2/20/16 6-9 pm Schine Underground. Join us for karaoke and an engaging, inclusive, and exciting series of performances. Featuring performances by student and community groups, and YOU (Karaoke!) A Capella, Karaoke, Improv, and more. This event is cosponsored by the Disability Student Union and the Disability Cultural Center. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and light refreshments will be provided.

  • INTERFAITH DIALOGUE DINNER SERIES SPRING 2016:
  • Racialized Campus Climates - Naming Racism and Healing Wounds  3/23/16 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel. (ASL interpretation and inclusive dinner provided!). Cosponsored by Hendricks Chapel and the Disability Cultural Center. Made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives Program within the Division of Student Affairs.

  • Accommodations and Accessibility - Broadening Definitions; Changing Cultures 2/24/16 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel. (ASL interpretation and inclusive dinner provided!). Cosponsored by Hendricks Chapel and the Disability Cultural Center. Made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives Program within the Division of Student Affairs.

  • Revisiting Privilege - The Intersections of Privileged and Marginalized Identities 1/27/16 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel. (ASL interpretation and inclusive dinner provided!). Cosponsored by Hendricks Chapel and the Disability Cultural Center. Made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives Program within the Division of Student Affairs.

  • Invitation to Dance! ADA@25 12/1/15 In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Join us for a screening of the award-winning 2014 documentary, Invitation to Dance, a never-before-told coming out story of disabled people staking their claim to “equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor!” Tuesday, December 1, 2015; 6:30 to 9 p.m. Goldstein Auditorium; Schine Student Center. The evening will begin with a feature performance by the Artistic Director of the Aspire Dance Company, Tina Christina-Price, and dancer Rik Daniels. Filmmakers, Christian von Tippelskirch and Simi Linton will host a Q and A session immediately following the screening. A Dance Party with light refreshments will conclude the evening from 9 p.m. to midnight. Free & open to the public. The film will be screened with open captions and audio description. CART services and sign language interpreters will be provided.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Engineering & Computer Science, College of Law, College of Visual and Performing Arts, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Martin J. Whitman School of Management, School of Education, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, University College, Syracuse University Humanities Center, Division of Student Affairs, The Renée Crown University Honors Program, Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies, Disability Law and Policy Program, Disability Cultural Center, Syracuse University Press, and Syracuse University Libraries.

A Place at the Table: Food is an incredibly important part of many cultures around the world. In what ways do cultures shape our relationships with food? What happens when dietary restrictions, allergies, disabilities, ethics, values, principals, religion, and preferences collide with the cultural norms about food and eating? This ongoing luncheon series will explore these questions while also providing a more normalized eating environment for those routinely left out of food culture. In other words, everyone has a place at the table. 

  • INTERFAITH DIALOGUE DINNER SERIES FALL 2015:
  • Sanctuary and Safer Spaces 11/18/15 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel. (ASL interpretation and inclusive dinner provided!). Cosponsored by Hendricks Chapel and the Disability Cultural Center. Made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives Program within the Division of Student Affairs.

  • Disability Culture, Faith, and Secularism 10/21/15 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel:(ASL interpretation and inclusive dinner provided!) Cosponsored by Hendricks Chapel and the Disability Cultural Center. Made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives Program within the Division of Student Affairs.

  • White Privilege 9/16/15 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel:(ASL interpretation and inclusive dinner provided!) Cosponsored by Hendricks Chapel and the Disability Cultural Center. Made possible through the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives Program within the Division of Student Affairs.


Fall 2014-Spring 2015
  • 3/28/15 "Orange Ability" Experience Relays, Sled Hockey, Wheelchair Basketball, Quad Rugby, and more! Engage with local teams on the court, as well as organizations in our expo area. Try some equipment out yourself, and bring some friends along!
  • 3/22/15-3/23/15  "Cripping the Comic Con" This annual symposium provides participants with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist “beneath the surface” and explicitly within mainstream popular cultures both nationally and internationally, particularly the popular culture phenomena that are comic books, graphic novels, and manga.
  • 2/7/15 "Disabilifunk" Disability Student Union, SU’s student-led disability cultural organization comprised of students with and without disabilities, will host the second annual Disabilifunk.  This will be a night of karaoke and entertainment for everyone.  The goal is to engage in an inclusive atmosphere with an exciting series of performances. Disabilifunk will feature the campus improv comedy group, Zamboni Revolution, a cappella group, Main Squeeze, and student performer, Miracle Rogers.  The event will take place Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 6-9 p.m. in the Schine Underground.  Free tickets available at the Schine Box Office.
  • 11/7/14 "A Place at the Table"  Food is an incredibly important part of many cultures around the world. In what ways do cultures shape our relationships with food? What happens when dietary restrictions, allergies, disabilities, ethics, values, principals, religion, and preferences collide with the cultural norms about food and eating? This ongoing luncheon series will explore these questions while also providing a more normalized eating environment for those routinely left out of food culture. In other words, everyone has a place at the table.
  • 10/24/14 Disability Cultural Center Open House- The DCC invites one and all to join us in the continuing celebration of Disability Culture and our office’s fourth year at Syracuse University during Disability Awareness Month. Come join in merriment with the center’s staff and representatives of the Disability Student Union, Disability Law Society, and the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee as well as members of the Syracuse Community. Light refreshments and ASL interpretation will be provided.
  • 10/23/14 "Why I am a Bioconservative" A public lecture by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson. This lecture has two interrelated purposes. First, it broadly suggests ways that principles, logics, guidelines, and rules of religious bioethics can serve effectively in situations and for populations outside of the particular religious tradition that generates them. Second, it offers the term bioconservative to describe my own ethical position as a disability bioethicist. To do this, I lay out a position between the concepts of conservation and liberal social politics to bridge religious and nonreligious belief communities. Because the term conservative is associated with the politics of the right, I bring forward a rationale for what is accomplished by invoking the term conservative and conservation for a disability equality and human rights-based perspective in bioethics. In the service of these larger aims, and most specifically, this talk draws from religious bioethics to explicate dignity as it pertains to quality-of-life judgments used in biomedical decision-making for life ending medical treatments.

Fall 2013- Spring 2014
  • 4/9/14-4/10/14 "Cripping" the Comic Con 2014-This annual symposium provides participants with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist “beneath the surface” and explicitly within mainstream popular cultures both nationally and internationally, particularly the popular culture phenomena that are comic books, graphic novels, and manga.
  • 3/30/14 Orange Ability 2014- Accessible Athletics Expo
  • 2/8/14 Disability Student Union, SU’s student-led disability cultural organization comprised of students with and without disabilities, will host Disibilifunk.  This will be a night of karaoke and entertainment for everyone.  The goal is to engage in an inclusive atmosphere with an exciting series of performances.  Disibilifunk will feature The Mandarins, First Year Players, and Zamboni Revolution, among others.  The event will take place February 8, 2014 from 6-9 p.m. in the Schine Underground.  Free tickets are available at the Schine Box Office.
  • 11/1/13, 1/31/14,  A PLACE AT THE TABLE: Food is an incredibly important part of many cultures around the world. In what ways do cultures shape our relationships with food? What happens when dietary restrictions,    allergies, disabilities, ethics, values, principals, religion, and preferences collide with the cultural norms about food and eating? This ongoing luncheon series will explore these questions while also providing a more normalized eating environment for those routinely left out of food culture. In other words, everyone has a place at the table.
  • 10/30/13  Student Luncheon with Disabilities as Ways of Knowing, Part 3 presenters. 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. at Rachel’s in the Sheraton Hotel. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided. Please RSVP (including any accommodations requests) tosudcc@syr.eduby Oct. 23.
  • 10/29/13   Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: A Series of Creative Writing Conversations, Part 3: Lives Worth Living with Adrienne Asch, William Peace, and Stephen Kuusisto. SU College of Law, MacNaughton Hall, Room104 at 5:30 p.m.; reception and book signing at 6:30 p.m. in Heritage Lounge, White Hall, Room 336. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) will be provided during the presentation; ASL interpretation will be provided during the reception and book signing. This event is made possible by the Cocurricular Departmental Initiatives Program within the Division of Student Affairs, and cosponsorship by the Disability Cultural Center, the Renee Crown University Honors Program, the Center on Human Policy, the Disability Student Union, the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, the Disability Law Society, and others, to be confirmed.
  • 10/28/13 Student luncheon with Ethiopian disability rights activists, Wesenyelesh Admasu (Ethiopian Women with Disabilities National Association) and Meseret Mamo Kombolcha (Ethiopian Human Rights Commission).  Cosponsored by the Disability Cultural Center, the Slutzker Center for International Services, the Disability Rights Clinic, and the Disability Law and Policy Program.  12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at Rachel’s in the Sheraton Hotel. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided. Please RSVP (including any accommodations requests) to sudcc@syr.edu by Oct. 21
  • 10/16/13 What Does Queer Politics Have To Do With Disability Justice: A Keynote by Emi KoyamaOctober is Coming Out Month. Keynote Emi Koyama will explore the intersections of disability justice, queer/trans* rights, and feminism through critically examining social and medical practices around ‘queer’ bodies. Followed by a Q & A and dessert reception. Co-sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, the LGBT Resource Center, the Disability Cultural Center, and the LGBT Studies Program & Minor. Watson Theater, 7:00 p.m.; American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided. Requests for accommodations and any questions can be directed to the LGBT Resource Center at: lgbt@syr.edu, by 10/9.
  • 10/5/13 Syracuse International Film Festival: The Image in Disability Showcase. Watson Auditorium, 3:30 p.m.; sponsored by the School of Education. Contact Dean Douglas Biklen (dpbiklen@syr.edu) with any questions. All films are closed-captioned in English.
  • 10/4/13 Disability Cultural Center Open House. Hoople Building, rooms 105, 106, and 108, 5 to 7 p.m.; light refreshments served; American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided; information regarding Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) available.
  • 10/1/13 Screening of Through the Same Door followed by Q & A session with Micah Fialka-Feldman. Hoople Building, room 108, 7 to 9 p.m.; light refreshments served; American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided; cosponsored by the Disability Cultural Center, the Disability Student Union, the Disability Law Society, and the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee. Film is closed-captioned in English.
  • 9/30/13 Chalking the Quad to raise awareness of “Why Disability Matters,” with members of the Disability Student Union (DSU), an undergraduate group for students with and without disabilities. 7:30 p.m., near Hendricks Chapel.  For more information, contact DSU President Leah Nussbaum at: lmnussba@syr.edu.

Fall 2012-Spring 2013
  • Fantastic! Heroic! Disabled? "Cripping" the Comic Con, April 11, 2013. This symposium will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist “beneath the surface” and explicitly within mainstream popular cultures both nationally and internationally, particularly the popular culture phenomena that are comic books, graphic novels, and manga.

  • Disabilities as Ways of Knowing - A Series of Creative Writing Conversations: Part II: The Disability Experience and Poetic Verse, March 28, 2013. Jim Ferris, Laurie Clements Lambeth and Stephen Kuusisto will be reading from a selection of their poetry, followed by a reception and book signing, for all members of the S.U. community. While this event is geared specifically to raise and support awareness among undergraduates, everyone is welcomed to participate in this exciting set of opportunities. This event will feature works from Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press) and launch Letters to Borges (Copper Canyon Press), where “best-selling memoirist Stephen Kuusisto uses the themes of travel, place, religion, music, art, and loneliness to explore the relationship between seeing, blindness, and being. In poems addressed to Jorge Luis Borges—another poet who lived with blindness—Kuusisto leverages seeing as negative capability, creating intimacy with deep imagination and uncommon perceptions” (from http://www.stephenkuusisto.com/).

  • Disability Culture, Faith, and Secularism, Part II: Creating Spaces for Inclusion, March 20-21, 2013. Rev. Dr. VanGilder draws upon how Deaf identities are formed and maintained through the creation of temporary Deaf spaces. Could this and other examples of temporary space be models for fostering co-existence and cooperation rather than division and competition between identities in society?

  • OrangeAbility 2013: Syracuse University's Accessible Athletics Exposition! March 3, 2013. Come by and experience wheelchair basketball, power soccer, and sled hockey--as well as other sport and recreation events designed for people who celebrate a wide variety of disability identities! Join us for a short time, or the entire event, try out an athletic chair, and bring friends and family to play in short 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball games. You don't need to be able-bodied to play, and you don't need to have a disability to play accessible sports!

  • The Disability Cultural Center and the ICC Portfolio (Division of Student Affairs) invite you to join us for the webinar “Universal Design in Student Affairs & Higher Education,” on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 1:00-2:30pm. This webinar, offered by ACPA (American College Personnel Association), is designed to introduce a Universal Design/Universal Design for Learning (UD/UDL) framework to participants and then explore the use of UD/UDL within student affairs and higher education.

  • Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: A Series of Creative Writing Conversations - The Disabled Body in the World, October 23-24, 2012. Ms. Anne Finger, renowned creative writer and longstanding disability rights activist, will be visiting the S.U. campus this October, to join us in celebrating Disability Awareness Month, and to inaugurate what is hoped to be an annual series of disability-themed reading and writing events.

  • Disability Cultural Center Welcome Nights/Open Houses, Sept. 14 & 21, 2012, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Disability Cultural Center (Hoople Building Room 105), and Hoople Building Rooms 106 and 108. Come check out the NEWEST center on SU's campus! Meet cool people, learn about DISABILITY CULTURE AND IDENTITY, and visit the FIRST-EVER center of its kind in the USA! Light refreshments will be served. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided. If you require any accommodations, please email Disability Cultural Center Graduate Assistant Alex Umstead (aumstead@syr.edu) by Friday, Sept. 7 at 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call the DCC at (315) 443-4486, or email Director Diane Wiener (dwiener@syr.edu), or Alex.


Fall 2011-Spring 2012
  • Disability Culture, Faith, and Secularism: Creating Spaces for Inclusion, April 25, 2012. 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Hendricks Chapel Noble Room. How do different faith-based and secular communities address issues of disability, inclusion, and access? Please join us for a vibrant conversation with students, chaplains, faculty, staff, and community members. Everyone is welcomed.

  • Krip-Hop Nation: Disability in the Hip-Hop Mix, October 22, 2011. Krip-Hop Nation’s Mission is to educate the music, media industries and general public about the talents, history, rights and marketability of Hip-Hop artists and other musicians with disabilities. Krip-Hop's main objective is to get the musical talents of hip-hop artists with disabilities into the hands of media outlets, educators, and hip-hop disabled and race scholars, youth, journalists, including hip-hop conference coordinators. Krip-Hop Nation’s public education has many avenues i.e. Internet magazine columns, workshops, Internet radio shows, publications and our famous Krip-Hop Mixtape series just to name a few, reporting on the latest news about musicians with disabilities. The artists performed 3 sets of two songs each from their independent work. Afterward, they held a panel discussion about the group, their mission and upcoming work, including a documentary film on police brutality.


Fall 2010-Spring 2011
  • Time for Disability Studies and a Future for Crips: A Public Lecture by Alison Kafer, Ph.D., April 14, 2011. Public Events Room, Eggers Hall. Rhetoric about the future—from warnings of slippery slopes to fears of deformity—pervades discourses about disability, while talk of temporality and futurity animate much of queer theory. Sitting in between these two intellectual threads, I explore what is at stake in articulations of crip time or crip futurity. What might it mean, as feminists, as queers, as crips, to project disability into the future?

  • Orange-Ability, March 26th, 2011. Archbold Gymnasium. You don't have to be able-bodied to play and you don't have to be disabled to play adapted sports! Come see and experience the newest sports in town! Then watch a wheelchair basketball game between the Move Along Flyers and the Sitrin Stars!

  • Narrative and Intellectual Disability: A Public Lecture by Michael Bérubé, March 4, 2011.  School of Management 003. Dr. Bérubé examined several literary texts from an intellectual disability standpoint.

  • “Not Another PowerPoint!”: How to Become an Effective Presenter Using Universal Design, October 29, 2010. Hall of Languages 114. Presented by Liat Ben-Moshe, doctoral candidate in Sociology and coordinator of SU’s Disability Culture Center Initiative.  This hands-on workshop will enable you to use principles of Universal Instructional Design (UID) to reach potential students/audience members with a broad range in ability, age, reading level, learning style, native language, race, ethnicity, and other characteristics.

  • An Evening with the Stars of "Wretches & Jabberers"! October 15, 2010. Hall of Languages Room 107. In “Wretches & Jabberers,” two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Determined to put a new face on autism, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland. At each stop, they dissect public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future.

  • Higher Expectations for Higher Education: A Panel Discussion, October 15, 2010. Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3. Moderated by journalist and author Mark McEwen. This panel presentation explored the importance—and advantage— of providing higher education opportunities for students with disabilities.

  • Disability Studies Conference: Disability in an Intersectional Lens. October 9, 2010. MacNaughton Hall Rooms 100 & 104, College of Law. This conference explored all aspects of disability studies as generated by emerging scholars. Our diverse range of papers looked at the understanding of social models of disability which emphasize cultures, histories, discursivity, philosophy, art, politics, geographies, & identities of diverse people& communities.