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The Ethics of Passing and Disability Disclosure in Higher Education - with Joseph A. Stramondo
Hosted by the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute and Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature, the series “(Dis)courses: Interdisciplinary Disability Dialogues” returns this semester with four exciting conversations—with luminaries who are engaged variously with many forms of innovative and intersectional Disability cultural work.

This 90-minute webinar will include American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, live captioning, image descriptions, and an opportunity for registered Zoom webinar participants to engage with the featured presenter and discussant. Any additional accommodations requests should be made by Tuesday, April 12th, using the "Additional accommodations requests" box at the bottom of this form. This event will also be recorded and made publicly available, online. Post-production, the video will include ASL interpretation and edited/polished captions, an accompanying transcript, and a summary of online resources of interest and relevance—all accessible, free, and open to the public.

This talk will explore if or when one has an ethical duty to disclose their disability in a higher education setting. Several questions will be posed and discussed. I will argue that faculty, especially permanent, tenured faculty, sometimes have a moral obligation to disclose their disability identity to create the social space for other disabled people with less institutional power to flourish within the academy. However, this obligation is limited and its strength is directly proportional to the likelihood and degree of risk posed by disclosure, which tends to track an individual's institutional power within the ivory tower.

The (Dis)courses Interdisciplinary Disability Dialogues series offers exciting, ongoing events on disability literature, media, and the arts, focusing on critical reflection, teaching, and research in today’s world.

Questions? Email us at oipo@syr.edu


Apr 19, 2022 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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