Disability studies fall lecture – Negotiating a Cure: Deafness Technologies and the Health Market

Jaipreet Virdi, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, University of Delaware
When: 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22
Where: University Student Commons Theater

Jaipreet Virdi is completing her first book, “Hearing Happiness: Fakes, Frauds, and Fads in Deafness Cures,” to be published by the University of Chicago Press. This book rethinks how therapeutic negotiation and the influence of pseudo-medicine shaped what it meant to be a “normal” deaf citizen in American history. She examines how deaf/deafened individuals have attempted to amplify their hearing through various types of surgical, proprietary and/or technological “deafness cures” and charts the dissemination of ideas about hearing loss, from medical elites to popular culture and the popular imagination.

Disability studies fall lecture – Persuasion, Human Improvement and Disability: A Talk from Fables and Futures

George Estreich, instructor of writing, Oregon State University
When: 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12
Where: University Student Commons, SGA Senate Chambers

From Francis Galton’s “Essays in Eugenics” at the turn of the 20th century to news of the first gene-edited babies, the dream of human improvement has been entwined with persuasion. Looking at contemporary and historical examples, from the famous allegorical drawing of the “Eugenics tree” to scientist He JianKui’s YouTube announcement of gene-edited twins, George Estreich looks at the literary aspects of persuasion, with particular attention to metaphor. What values do these persuasive acts embody? Whose purposes do they serve? And whom do they obscure, dehumanize or erase? The literary content of these persuasive acts suggests a necessary role for writers, literary critics and scholars of disability studies, as society seeks to collectively guide the use of new and powerful biotechnologies in human beings.

Disability Awareness Month: Zach Anner, ‘When Life Gives You a Wheelchair, Make Lemonade’

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.

Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity welcomes comedian, writer and actor, Zach Anner, presenting and hosting a question-and-answer session and book signing of his book, “When Life Gives You a Wheelchair, Make Lemonade,” for members of the VCU and Richmond community in the University Student Commons Theater. Anner gained worldwide attention when he won Oprah’s “Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star” and through his own YouTube channel with over 300,000 subscribers and over 15 million total views. For more information, contact Ian Kunkes at ibkunkes@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2144 or visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhpUJRGrZgc.

Campus Connector Summer Hours & Service

Beginning on Sunday, May 14, the Campus Connector operates on a reduced schedule for the summer, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday. There will be no weekend or Express service. All other routes will remain the same. Passengers may experience slightly longer headways. To track the status of RamRide in real time, visit vcu.transloc.com or select RAMRIDE on the VCU mobile app. For more information, contact Craig Willingham at ramride@vcu.edu or (804) 828-7275 or visit http://go.vcu.edu/ramride.

Intervention Services for College Students with ADD/ADHD

Have you been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or think you might have it? Do you have difficulty with organization and time management and want to learn strategies to help you succeed in college?

You might be eligible for a VCU research study that provides a free ADD/ADHD evaluation, group intervention, and mentoring. Participants are compensated for their time and meeting attendance.

Call 804-828-5517 to see if you are eligible.