EVENT: University of Rochester Hosts First Annual Disability Studies Symposium

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TIME, DATE, PLACE: 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, in the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing on 601 Elmwood Avenue.
WHAT/WHO: The University of Rochester will hold its first-ever Disability Studies Cluster Symposium.  The event is sponsored by the University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, School of Nursing, Warner School of Education, Teaching and Curriculum Program at the Warner School, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, Institute for Innovative Transition, Training Program in Cellular Biochemical and Molecular Sciences (NIH grant), Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Film and Media Studies Program, and the Office of Human Resources—Organizational Development and Staff Diversity.
ABOUT: The 2014 symposium, themed “Complicating Normalcy: Disability, Technology, and Society in the Twenty-First Century,” is organized around the documentary film FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement. The film explores the meaning of “disability” and “normalcy” in contemporary times through the examination of technological and pharmacological advances designed to “fix or enhance the human body” and the bioethical implications and social tensions that arise from these scientific advances.  Regan Brashear, producer and director of Fixed, and Gregor Wolbring, disability studies scholar and biochemist, will deliver the keynote address following a morning screening of the film. In addition, the symposium will feature breakout and poster sessions and networking opportunities.
REGISTRATION: Registration is free. Coffee, a light breakfast, and lunch will be provided. To register for the symposium, visit Complicating Normalcy: Disability, Technology, and Society in the Twenty-First Century
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For special accommodations or more information, contact Julia M. White, program chair.
About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education (www.warner.rochester.edu) offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, educational policy, counseling, human development, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform. 
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