Disability as Spectacle Conference Schedule

The conference program with panel themes will be posted on the website in March.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Conference Check-in opens at 7:00 a.m.

7:00-8:30 p.m. Work in Progress by The Miracle Project: Musical performance and Q&A with the cast and creative team. (UCLA Glorya Kaufman Hall Dance Theater)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

7:00-8:00 a.m.  Registration Check-in and Breakfast Buffet (Luskin Center – Centennial Hall C/D)

8:00-9:15 a.m. Breakout Session One

9:30-11:00 a.m. Welcome Address: Victoria Marks, Chair of Disability Studies,  Convocation Keynote: Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Emory University (Centennial Hall C/D)

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Breakout Session Two

1:00-2:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch (Centennial Hall C/D)

2:10-3:25 p.m. Breakout Session Three

3:45-5:00 p.m. Breakout Session Four

6:30-8:00 p.m. Disability Studies 10th Anniversary Reception (Schoenberg Hall Courtyard)

8:00-9:30 p.m. Keynote Address: DJ Kurs, Deaf West Theatre (Schoenberg Hall 1100) *This event will be open to the campus community.

Friday, April 14, 2017

7:00-8:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet and Late Registration Check-in (Luskin Center – Centennial Hall C/D)

8:00-9:00 a.m. Morning Synthesis Session with Michelle Erai (UCLA), Georgina Kleege (UC Berkeley), and Sue Schweik (UC Berkeley)  (Centennial Hall C/D) *Ruminate on ideas that are in motion: contradictory thoughts, connections between, new arguments being developed by and between participants, connections/disconnects between artists’ presentations and scholars.

9:20-10:35 a.m. Breakout Session Five

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Breakout Session Six

12:15-1:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch (Centennial Hall C/D)

1:00-2:00 p.m. Keynote Address: Karen Nakamura, UC Berkeley (Centennial Hall C/D)

2:20-3:35 p.m. Breakout Session Seven

4:00-5:15 p.m. Breakout Session Eight

5:30-6:30 p.m. Closing Synthesis Session w/ Michelle Erai (UCLA), Georgina Kleege (UC Berkeley), and Sue Schweik (UC Berkeley) (Centennial Hall C/D) *A wrap-up session to synthesize the ideas and discussions from the conference and thereafter.


  1. Details on presentations have yet to be announced. Sessions are subject to change due to cancellation.
  2. Each breakout session (1-8) will have 3-4 presentations/performances/workshops. The sessions will be held in the following Luskin Center Meeting Rooms: Centennial Hall C/D, Innovation, Pinnacle, and Odyssey.

To download a copy of the Program, click here.