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Beth Haller to Speak

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Beth Haller, author of “Representing Disability in an Ableist World: Essays on Mass Media” and a professor of journalism and new media at Towson University in Maryland, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 in the Orton Center.

Haller’s visit is sponsored by the University’s Working Group on Disability Issues.

“Most universities, including Redlands, rely on the medical model to work with issues of disability on campus, i.e. accommodations and compliance are the main focus of the conversation,” Leela MadhavaRau, associate dean for Campus Diversity and Inclusion, said. “The Working Group believes that disability must be integrated into conversations about equity, inclusion and diversity while we work on bringing together the medical/accommodations model with the equity/social justice model. For the Working Group, engaging the campus in dialogue around disability contributes to raising awareness. Bringing experts such as Beth Haller to campus is a part of this work.”

Haller maintains Media dis&dat, a blog on disability issues in the news, and in addition to serving as a faculty member at Towson University, is adjunct faculty for the City University of New York’s Disability Studies master’s program and for York University’s Critical Disability Studies graduate program. Her media and disability research has been published in “Disability Studies Quarterly,” “Canadian Journal of Disability Studies,” “Disability & Society,” “Journalism Studies,” “Journal of Popular Film and Television,” “Journalism History,” and other publications.

Posted: Jan. 16, 2014


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