A few years ago I came across the book Righteous Dopefiend, by anthropologist Philippe Bourgois and photographer Jeff Schonberg. Written after over 10 years of field study, the book looks at the lives of several homeless addicts in the San Francisco area during the 1990’s. There is a lot to be learned from the experiences […]Read more "Treating People as People"
Throughout this semester we have covered a large array of topics. In all of our discussions we continually returned to the same conclusion; discussion is necessary to finding solutions to the issues discussed in class. This past week we covered two topics, disability history and the heroin issues both in our country and internationally. Both […]Read more "Reflection: Start a Conversation"
Last week our class met with Bassett Healthcare medical students to watch Everywhere but Safe, a documentary on public injection drug use in New York State. Following the documentary we had a great discussion on the film. Two medical students had previously worked for one of the organizations mentioned in the film and provided a […]Read more "Combining Resources: Medicine and Museums"
Last week’s discussion brought back a lot of memories for me. The discussion of the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates started with the author’s experience of the education system. Reading this section made me reflect on the experiences I faced during my primary education. As a military brat, I moved a […]Read more "Reflection: Crossing the Bridge of Education"
Although it is a subject often separated from mainstream history, eugenics policy and practices are woven throughout many contemporary and historical issues. Among these is the issue of reproductive rights. While eugenics advocates for the improvement of a population by either promoting a higher rate of reproduction among “fit” groups, and/or discouraging reproduction among those […]Read more "Intersecting Oppressions: Eugenics and the Reproductive Justice Movement"
How would one make understandable the challenges my sister faces in holding a cup or tying her shoes with only two working fingers? How would my brother communicate the significance of being unable to speak until he was six when he remains largely non-verbal? In what ways are these and other experiences defined as disabilities, […]Read more "Stories Worth Telling: Interpreting Disability Histories"
Historically, museums have struggled reaching out to and welcoming populations with various forms of disability. Like the rest of society, most museums often times neglected to make their institutions and programs accessible to people with disabilities. Fortunately, examples do exist to show that at least some museums strived to make themselves inviting to individuals, regardless […]Read more "A Museum for Everyone: Accessibility at the Please Touch Museum"