Smithsonian curator to speak on artifacts and disabilities Sept. 28 at Tech
The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech has announced that on Friday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m. Dr. Katherine Ott of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History will speak to a general audience about how the artifacts of society reveal the history of disability in her talk “Disability Things.”
Ott is the curator for the Divison of Medicine and Science at the museum. In her talk, Ott will explore how “the artifacts owned and used by people with disabilities, as well as those that are used upon them or that are encountered in life create possibilities, impose limits, assert political and ideological positions and shape identity.”
There will also be a panel discussion including Sarah Ovink, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech, and Troy Abel, an assistant professor of visual communication design at Tech and director of the Perception and Usability Testing Laboratory.
The talk and panel discussion are free and open to the public and will provide a greater understanding of the human experience. So grab a friend and join us in Torgersen Hall Room 2150.
The talk is supported by a Diversity Grant from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and is organized by Science and Technology Studies and the Philosophy Department. The venue is wheelchair-accessible.
– Submitted by Derek Haderlie
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