Designing Disability Rights in Berkeley Book Talk
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About The Event
The history of Disability Rights and Independent Living is well known in Berkeley, but as two new books explore, notions of "independence" were behind several different models of accessible and inclusive design. In this talk, Elizabeth Guffey and Bess Williamson will discuss their new books on design and access, with particular attention to the leading role of East Bay activists and planners.
We will be serving wine and snacks.
Dr. Bess Williamson
She is a historian of design and politics. She is an Associate Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her book Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design is recently out from NYU Press.
She works at the intersection of art, design and disability studies. Her book Designing Disability: Symbols, Space and Society (Bloomsbury) argues that designs like the International Symbol of Access or “wheelchair symbol” can alter the environment, making people more disabled or less, depending on the design’s planning and use. She is also Founding Editor of the academic journal Design and Culture. Guffey currently heads the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory at the State University of New York, Purchase College.
Please message us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any access requests by May 17th. We’ll be in an accessible space, and the presentation is on the first floor. All attendees: Kindly refrain from wearing scented products, so that our guests with chemical sensitivity may join us.
For people who are unable to attend the event, you can watch it live at www.thecil.org.