The Longmore Lecture in Disability Studies: Scholar-Activism Today

Event Date: Thursday, March 04, 2021

Each year, the Longmore Lecture in Disability Studies hosts a speaker who continues Paul Longmore's legacy of scholar-activism. This year's event on March 4th, from 5:00 to 6:30pm, will feature a panel discussion with Aimi Hamraie, Liat Ben-Moshe, and Jen White-Johnson. Together, these speakers will discuss disability justice in and outside of academia, scholar-activism in the pandemic, and more. Join us!

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Aimi Hamraie, an olive-skinned Iranian person with short, dark curly hair and rectangular glasses, smiles at the camera. They wear a blue shirt and navy and green blazer. Behind them is a blurry green background from the leaves of trees.

Aimi Hamraie, professor of Medicine, Health, and Society
Aimi Hamraie (they/them) is a non-binary, disabled SWANA person whose work focuses on accessibility from a disability culture perspective. They work as associate professor of Medicine, Heath, & Society and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, where they also direct the Critical Design Lab. Hamraie is trained as a feminist scholar of disability and design. Their research contributes to the field of critical access studies, with particular attention to the racialized and gendered dimensions of access. They are author of Building Access: universal design and the politics of disability (2017). Hamraie is also host of the Contra* podcast on disability, design justice, and the lifeworld, and works as a permaculture designer on the original homelands of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Shawnee, and Yuchi people, in Nashville, Tennessee. They are a co-founder of the Nashville Disability Justice Collective and co-facilitator of the Nashville Mutual Aid Collective.
Liat Ben-Moshe smiles at the camera. She has short red hair, glasses, and is wearing jewelry. She is wearing a bright blue shirt and is using a wheelchair. The background is some blinds and a bookshhelf.
Liat Ben-Moshe, professor of Criminology, Law, and Justice at University of Illinois Chicago
Liat Ben-Moshe is an Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition (University of Minnesota Press 2020) and co-editor (with Allison Carey and Chris Chapman) of Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada (Palgrave 2014) She is an activist-scholar working at the intersection of incarceration, abolition and disability/madness. For more:  
Jen is an Afro-Latina woman. She is looking into the camera with her head slightly turned away. She is wearing a brown hat and large earrings of the Black Power fist.
Jen White-Johnson, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Visual Culture at Bowie State University
Jen is a Afro-Latina, disabled designer, educator, and activist, whose work explores the intersection of content and caregiving with an emphasis on redesigning ableist visual culture. The visuals she creates using photo and design are her own acts of resistance that amplify conversations with the Disability community, igniting the continued need to develop anti-racist, anti-ableist media. Her activist work has been featured in The Washington Post, AfroPunk, Crip Camp: The Official Virtual Experience, and is permanently archived in Libraries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. In 2020 she was selected as an honoree on the 2020 Diversability’s D-30 Disability Impact List.
Currently, she teaches as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Visual Culture at Bowie State University, in Bowie, MD. Jen holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Visual Arts from University of Maryland Baltimore County. 
Milton Reynolds smiles at the camera. He is a black man with long, dark hair and a beard. He is wearing a suit with a patterned tie.

Moderator Milton Reynolds
Milton Reynolds is a San Francisco Bay Area based career educator, author, equity and inclusion consultant and activist. His activism has been devoted to disrupting systems of racial injustice with a focus on juvenile justice reform, law enforcement accountability, environmental justice, youth development, educational transformation and disability justice. His efforts are devoted to creating a more just world in which all people are valued and treated with dignity.
Milton’s publications include a chapter in Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness across the Disciplines, Handbook of Social Justice in Education and one in the recently released Leading in the Belly of the Beast.