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Wildly distorted and dehumanizing representations of disabled people in the movies go back to the early days of filmmaking. Characters such as Quasimodo, Tiny Tim, Lenny from Of Mice and Men, Charly, The Elephant Man, and Todd Browning’s roster of Freaks are often demonized, sainted, infantilized, or sexually neutered. A panel of activists, scholars, and performers discusses how film has shaped the social consciousness of disability. Panelists include Susan Nussbaum, playwright and disability rights activist, and Carrie Sandahl, a member of the faculty in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. ASL interpreters, narrative describers, and personal assistants will be provided.
This program is presented in partnership with Access Living.