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Monday, July 25, 2011

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

DREAM: Survey Responses needed

DREAM - a new organization for post-secondary students with disabilities is
inviting all of those interested in the organization (whether it be start
up, member, or other) to take a survey to help us grow and guide our
organization to fit the needs of the growing community of post-secondary
students with disabilities, disability studies faculty and staff, disabled
service providers, and allies. Some of the questions are for members only -
if you would like to become a member you can do so for FREE at our website: - You can still answer
the questions if you are planning on joining otherwise you can skip these
questions. The survey is anonymous.

The survey can be found at:

Thank you for your time and help in this matter,
Michelle White

New Book Of Interest: Both Sides of the Fence: A Disabled Physician's Experiences in Medicine by Beryl Lawn, MD

A new collection of verse, titled Poems from Both Sides of the Fence: A Disabled Physician's Experiences in Medicine by Beryl Lawn, MD and published by Texas Review Press is now available on Amazon.

The poems in the book are related to experiences  in being both a doctor and a patient.  All touch on the reaction of patients to a physician with a visible disability.

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

"On August 27, 1967, one week before I was supposed to start medical school, an intruder broke into our apartment while my husband was at work. In the ensuing struggle, I fell from the third floor fire ladder I was using to escape, into the brick alley below. As I learned later, my back was immediately broken; I had become a paraplegic. I did not start medical school until September 1968, having spent most of the preceding year in the hospital and in rehabilitation.  I was now 'independent at a wheelchair level,' including driving my own (specially-equipped) car. I was also able to walk short distances using braces and crutches. These poems describe events from my medical student, resident and attending physician days. They describe experiences of both being a doctor and being a patient. They also touch on the response of others to a physician with an obvious disability. They encompass my careers in both internal medicine and in psychiatry." --Beryl B. Lawn

About the Author

BERYL LAWN, born in Cleveland, Ohio, spent her early childhood in College Station, Texas. When she was nine, her father joined the foreign service, and until she began college (at the University of Pennsylvania) she lived outside the United States. Prior to starting Temple Medical School she was involved in a crime-related incident, sustained a spinal-cord injury, and became a paraplegic. Her subsequent life (medical school, postgraduate training, medical practice, marriage) has been spent in a wheelchair. Author is now living in Temple, Texas.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Texas Review Press (June 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933896566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933896564
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New Book: Reading Embodied Citizenship: Disability, Narrative, and the Body Politic (The American Literatures Initiative) [Hardcover]

 From Professor Emily Russell to Disability Studies in the Humanities listserv:

Dear all,

I've recently published a book through Rutgers University Press that might be of particular interest to folks on this list--certainly many of your work has been influential to me throughout its writing. Thanks!

Reading Embodied Citizenship: Disability, Narrative, and the Body Politic
Emily Russell

Liberal individualism, a foundational concept of American politics, assumes an essentially homogeneous population of independent citizens. When confronted with physical disability and the contradiction of seemingly unruly bodies, however, the public searches for a story that can make sense of the difference. The narrative that ensues makes "abnormality" an important part of the dialogue about what a genuine citizen is, though its role is concealed as an exception to the rule of individuality rather than a defining difference. Reading Embodied Citizenship brings disability to the forefront, illuminating its role in constituting what counts as U.S. citizenship.

Drawing from major figures in American literature, including Mark Twain, Flannery O'Connor, Carson McCullers, and David Foster Wallace, as well as introducing texts from the emerging canon of disability studies, Emily Russell demonstrates the place of disability at the core of American ideals. The narratives prompted by the encounter between physical difference and the body politic require a new understanding of embodiment as a necessary conjunction of physical, textual, and social bodies. Russell examines literature to explore and unsettle long-held assumptions about American citizenship.

"Examining a diverse range of texts, Reading Embodied Citizenship does a terrific job of situating readings of disabled bodies in a broad historical and cultural context. Elegantly done!"—Diane Price Herndl, author of Invalid Women: Figuring Feminine Illness in American Fiction and Culture, 1840-1940

1. Domesticating the Exceptional: Those Extraordinary Twins and the Limits of American Individualism
2. "Marvelous and Very Real": The Grotesque in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter  and Wise Blood
3. The Uniform Body: Spectacles of Disability and the Vietnam War
4. Conceiving the Freakish Body: Re-imagining Reproduction in Geek Love and My Year of Meats
5. Some Assembly Required: The Disability Politics of Infinite Jest
Conclusion: Inclusion, Fixing, and Legibility

Rutgers University Press site:

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Radio play of "Shall I Say a Kiss." (Love Letters Of The Parents of Lennard Davis)

From Lennard Davis to Disability Studies in the Humanities Listserv:

Just to let you know, BBC 4 has broadcast a radio play based on my Deaf parent's love letters (from the book *Shall I Say A Kiss* published by Gallaudet University Press).  The two actors who play my parents are Deaf, and there is a sign theater version of the play on the website as well as a transcript of the radio play.  The link is  There are only two days left if you want to see/hear the play on the website.

Lennard J. Davis
Distinguished Professor, College of Liberal  Arts and Sciences
Department of English
Department of Disability and Human Development
Department of Medical Education
Director, Project Biocultures