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Disability studies minor to offer two films this spring

The disability studies minor at Shippensburg University will present two films this spring.

Both films, free and open to the public, will be presented in Orndorff Theatre in the Ceddia Union Building.

Crooked Beauty will be shown from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. April 7.

Crooked Beauty is an internationally acclaimed documentary that chronicles artist-activist Jacks McNamara’s transformative journey from psych ward inpatient to pioneering mental health advocacy. It is an intimate portrait of her intense personal quest to live with courage and dignity, and a powerful critique of standard psychiatric treatments. The film is co-sponsored by the disability studies minor program, and the departments of psychology and social work.

The second film takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there. Those innovations range from bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening. Researchers around the world are working to develop a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. The film is co-sponsored by the disability studies minor program, and the departments of biology, chemistry, psychology and sociology.

For more information, contact Dr. Allison Carey, director of the minor in disability studies, at 477-1193 or accare@ship.edu. For more information about the disability studies minor, go to http://www.ship.edu/Disability_Studies.

2/10/14