Literature, Literacy, and Disability
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“[D]isability has a funny way of popping up everywhere without announcing itself as disability.” (Michael Bérubé, The Secret Life of Stories: From Don Quixote to Harry Potter, How Understanding Intellectual Disability Transforms the Way We Read )
This program is an opportunity for students to explore the nexus between literary studies and disability studies, while linking theory with practice through work on campus and in the Olympia community. In the Evergreen classroom, students will be introduced—through faculty presentations, guest speakers, seminars, film screenings, and creative writing workshops—to the world of intellectual disability. Beyond campus, students will participate as (1) tutors/mentors in the LEAD (Literacy and Education for Adults with Disabilities) program, a collaboration between Evergreen and Olympia-based Kokua Services, a non-profit, residential-support agency that serves adults with intellectual disabilities, and (2) co-learners at Hummingbird Studio, a Kokua-hosted inclusive community space where art is accessible to individuals of all abilities. Program requirements will include weekly seminar assignments, a journal of reflections on activities in the LEAD program and at Hummingbird Studio, and a creative nonfiction writing project. At the heart of our quarter-long journey will be an insistence that understanding intellectual disability not only transforms the way we read, but the very nature of how we make sense of the world around us.
Please note the following:
- This program will meet on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 to 11:50 a.m., and from 1:00 to 3:50 p.m. In addition, students should leave their Wednesdays open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (at least through Week 1) for scheduling one or more quarter-long Hummingbird Studio sessions. Finally, weekly LEAD sessions will be scheduled according to the needs of Evergreen tutors/mentors and their learners.
- Students are expected to continue as LEAD mentors/tutors in spring quarter and will be eligible for Internship Learning Contracts (typically for 2 credits, but can be expanded to as many as 16 credits if the contract includes an academic component).
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
community studies, disability studies, cultural studies, humanities, and education.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Day
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 10:00 am
Located in: Olympia