Presentation March 6 to focus on disabilities and Oz

A presentation March 6 at Shippensburg University will focus on “If I Only Had a Brain: Disability & Difference in the Oz Narratives.”

The free, public program is at 7 p.m. in Old Main Chapel and features Joshua R. Eyler, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University. It is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of English and the disability studies programs.

Eyler’s talk examines L. Frank Baum’s fiction about the land of Oz and the literary and cinematic legacies of this Oz mythology using the lens of disability studies. Although disability is not the first thing that comes to mind when reading the Oz narratives, disability unquestionably and powerfully appears as a thematic current running throughout the tradition. The talk explores how each text within the tradition picks up the theme anew to construct its own particular meaning.

Eyler, who is also adjunct associate professor of humanities at Rice, has written numerous works  including the edited collection “Disability in the Middle Ages: Reconsiderations and Reverberations,” has dealt with medieval literature and is finishing a book on disability in the Oz narratives.

For more information contact Dr. Matthew J.C. Cella at