Feb 2, 2016
Events, Symposium

The Second Biennial Disability Studies Symposium at the University of Virginia

The Symposium returns to UVA to host performances, keynote speeches, and panels dedicated to increasing the visibility of disability on Grounds.

Pre-symposium Performance
Thursday, February 18 | 7:00pm | McLeod Hall | FREE

The Pre-symposium performance will feature wheelchair dancer Alice Sheppard and American Sign Language storyteller Monique Holt. Refreshments will be provided following the performance at 8:00pm.

Event details:

  • Parking: Free parking is available in the evening at McLeod in the garage directly underneath the building.  Take the elevator or stairs up to the first floor to the auditorium.
  • Accessibility: McLeod Hall is wheelchair accessible. Interpreters will translate American Sign Language into spoken English.

The Symposium: Disability Across the Disciplines
Friday, February 19  | All Day Event | Newcomb Hall | FREE

Panels focus on Disability and Rights, Disability and the Human Life Cycle, and Disability and the Arts. Notable keynote speakers include Michael Ashley Stein of Harvard Law School, discussing “Disability Human Rights and the Politics of Inclusion,” and Berkeley’s Susan Schweik, presenting “Beside(s) Carrie Buck: Reproductive Justice and the Intellectual Disability Archive.”

Full Schedule 

Event details:

  • Parking: Hourly parking is available in the nearby Central Grounds Parking Garage.
  • Accessibility: Newcomb Hall is wheelchair accessible.  All symposium events will be interpreted into American Sign Language.


Disability Studies Initiative, Office of the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts, Department of English, School of Law, American Sign Language Program, Department of Politics, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, Curry School Dept. of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, Department of Anthropology, Disability Advocacy and Action Committee, Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity