Lydia X. Z. Brown at OHIO - "Weaving Crip, Mad, Queer, Trans Dreams: Disability Justice for Our Classrooms, Our Futures, and Our Freedom'"

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Please join us for a talk -- titled "Weaving Crip, Mad, Queer, Trans Dreams: Disability Justice for Our Classrooms, Our Futures, and Our Freedom" -- with renowned disability rights advocate, advocate, attorney, and writer Lydia X.Z. Brown on April 7th, 2021, from 6:00-7:30.


This event is hosted by the OHIO LGBT Center, with support from the OHIO Women's Center and The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. ASL interpretation will be available. 



"Disability Justice is a radically intersectional framework necessary to sharpen our political analysis, clarify our demands, and shape our everyday activism and organizing practice. Disability Justice offers radical and revolutionary ways of reimagining our relationships with ourselves, each other, and the communities where we live, teach, work, and learn. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, Disability Justice offers urgent and vital interventions for addressing and ending the myriad harms of race science/eugenics, the medical/carceral industrial complex, and capitalist oppression.  


Disability Justice enables us to understand and examine interpersonal, systemic, structural, and institutional ableism and its intersections via legacies of pathologization with queermisia and transmisia, capitalism, settler-colonialism, and white supremacy. Disabled people at the margins of the margins have always been at the forefront of movements for justice and freedom, building networks of care and solidarity, resisting and disrupting oppressive pedagogies, and creating social and cultural transformations that enable us to experience rest and practice active love as co-teachers and co-learners. Designing and teaching for justice and freedom challenges us to incorporate multimodality, flexibility, relational access, and interdependence into our pedagogies, communities, and movements."


Lydia X. Z. Brown is an advocate, organizer, attorney, strategist, and writer whose work focuses on interpersonal and state violence against disabled people at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, faith, language, and nation. They are adjunct lecturer and core faculty in Georgetown’s Disability Studies Program, and adjunct professorial lecturer in American University’s Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies. Previously, they taught as a visiting lecturer at Tufts University. Lydia founded the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color's Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment; co-edited All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism; and is creating Disability Justice Wisdom Tarot. Often, their most important work has no title, job description, or funding, and probably never will. 

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I loved Lydia’s talk. They were incredibly well spoken, thought-provoking, and motivating to make a change in my community. Thank you!!

Best event I’ve attended at Ohio University. Lydia X.Z. Brown is incredibly informative with a flawless delivery. Their words are powerful and I think President Nellis, the Deans, and all professors should have tuned in. It is an imperative conversation that simply is not happening on our campus.