The Longmore Lecture in Disability Studies with Talila "TL" Lewis

A photo of TL, a black gender non-binary person in a button-up shirt with hands folded under their chin.
Event Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

"Stolen Bodies, Criminalized Minds & Diagnosed Dissent: The Racist, Classist, Ableist Trappings of the Prison Industrial Complex" 

Tuesday, February 19, 5-7pmJ. Paul Leonard Library, Room 121

Each year, the Longmore Lecture in Disability Studies hosts a speaker who continues Paul Longmore's legacy of scholar-activism...

This year’s event will feature a presentation and discussion with Talila "TL" Lewis, Esq. Talila is a Community Lawyer who has been at the cutting edge of critically intersectional thought, education, organizing, advocacy and litigation that highlights and addresses the nexus between race, class, disability, other marginalized identities, and structural inequity for over a decade. Recognized as a White House Champion of Change and Pacific Standard Magazine’s Top 30 Thinkers Under 30, Lewis co-founded & serves as the volunteer director of Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities (HEARD), a volunteer-dependent nonprofit organization which created and maintains the only national database of imprisoned Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing people. Lewis, a founding member of the Harriet Tubman Collective and co-creator of the Disability Solidarity praxis, also serves as a consultant on education and workplace justice; attorney and expert on cases involving disabled people; and previously served as the Givelber Public Interest Lecturer at Northeastern University School of Law and a visiting professor at Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf. A recent graduate of American University Washington College of Law, Lewis has received awards from numerous universities, the American Bar Association, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, the American Association for People with Disabilities, National Black Deaf Advocates, and the Nation Institute, among others. Lewis is the recipient of the 2018 Roddenberry Fellowship and the 2018 Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity. 

Free and open to the public. The event will also be live streamed with captioning and ASL (Advanced registration required: 
ASL & live captioning will be provided.
Light refreshments will be served during a reception following the presentation. 
Please refrain from wearing scented products, so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us. 

RSVP encouraged here! For other questions, call 415-405-3528 or email