University to host program Oct. 2 on disabilities

Shippensburg University will host “Disability and the American Story” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in Old Main Chapel. The free program is open to the public.

Dr. Kim E. Nielsen, professor of disability studies at the University of Toledo and prize-winning historian, will discuss where and how do people with disabilities fit into U.S. history. Her talk will retell U.S. history through the daily lives of people with disabilities, and illustrate how experiences and concepts of disability have shaped U.S. history, U.S. ideals and the lives of all within U.S. borders.

Nielsen also teaches courses in history and women’s and gender studies. Her books include A Disability History of the United States, Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller, and The Radical Lives of Helen Keller.

The program is sponsored by Office of Social Equity, dean of the College of Arts and Science; Office of the Provost, Disability Studies; departments of

educational leadership and special education, history, psychology, social work, and sociology; and the Office of Women’s and Gender Studies.

For more information, contact Dr. Allison Carey, director of the minor in disability studies, at 477-1193 or