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Disability and Interdependence

Keynote Speakers

David Mitchell
Professor of English, George Washington University
Sharon Snyder
Independent scholar

Keynote topic: "Disposable Humanity: What does the Holocaust have to do with Disabled People?"

Eva Feder Kittay
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, SUNY Stony Brook

Keynote topic: “Disability and Care: Friends or Foes?”

Pre-symposium performance

Thurs., Feb. 27, 2020, 7pm, Old Cabell Hall auditorium.


Victory Hall Opera invites everyone to a unique event with accomplished deaf actors and opera singers.  In this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration, singers and actors will push the boundaries of stagecraft in a radical reinterpretation of Poulenc’s powerful opera, Dialogues of the Carmelites, explored through a Deaf lens. Free and open to the public.  Followed by a public Q & A session.

Accessibility: Old Cabell Hall is wheelchair accessible.  Performed in English and ASL with English supertitles.


Fri. 2/28/20, 9:15 am - 3:20 pm, dome room of the Rotunda

Free and open to the public; no registration required.

9:15 am: Welcome: Kevin G. McDonald, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

9:25: Introduction of first keynote speakers: Christopher Krentz, English and ASL

9:30: Keynote 1: David Mitchell (George Washington University) and Sharon Snyder (independent scholar), “Disposable Humanity: What does the Holocaust have to do with Disabled People?”

10:30: coffee break (in dome room)

10:45: Panel 1: Disability and Medicine roundtable

  • Christopher Lunsford (Duke), presiding (and also participating)
  • Marcus L. Martin, School of Medicine and Diversity & Equity (emeritus)
  • Jessica Keim-Malpass, School of Medicine
  • Marion Quirici (Duke)

11:45: lunch on your own

1:15: Panel 2: Disability and Interdependence roundtable 

  • Vikram Jaswal, Psychology, presiding
  • Rupa Valdez, School of Medicine
  • Sarah Cole, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Martin Block, Curry School of Education
  • Lisa Woolfork, English

2:15: Introduction of second keynote speaker, Elizabeth Barnes, Philosophy

2:20: Keynote 2: Eva Feder Kittay (Stony Brook emeritus), “Disability and Care: Friends or Foes?”

3:20: end

3:30: closing reception, Garrett Hall Great Room

Accessibility: The dome room is wheelchair accessible.  All symposium events will be interpreted into American Sign Language.  Hourly parking is available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage.

  • Co-sponsors

  • The U.Va. Disability Studies Initiative
  • The Page-Barbour Funds
  • The Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures
  • Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • The Jefferson Trust, an initiative of the U.Va. Alumni Association
  • The Department of English
  • Center for Health Humanities and Ethics
  • Victory Hall Opera
  • The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
  • The Disability Advocacy and Action Committee