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Elizabeth J. (Ibby) Grace, "Autistic Activism in an Age of the Blues"


April 1st is the day they ask us to Light It Up Blue for “Autism Awareness.” In her appearance at Michigan, Elizabeth (Ibby) Grace will gleefully talk about how this annual Blue Light Special provides visual amplification for the rhetorical insult of the infamous Blue Puzzle Piece. An interactive analysis and discussion of why this gives so many Autistic people The Blues will ensue, illuminating some of our range of responsive actions as we build community and coalition with other marginalized peoples. Hint: Ibby does not think it is a coincidence that we Light It Up Blue on April Fools’ Day! All invited! Join the subversive fun!


Elizabeth J. (Ibby) Grace holds a position as Assistant Professor of Education at National Louis University in Chicago, where she lives in the suburbs with her lovely wife and two magnificent two-year-old sons. She blogs at tinygracenotes.blogspot.com and is an editor of i.e.: inquiry in education (digitalcommons.nl.edu/ie/) and NeuroQueer (neuroqueer.blogspot.com). Her writing can also be found, among other places, in the books Loud Hands and Both Sides of the Table: Autoethnographies of Educators Learning and Teaching With/In [Dis]ability. A founding member of Autistic Activism Collective, Ibby is also on the Board of Directors of Autism Women's Network, co-chairing DIVERgent: when disability and feminism collide.

Start Time: 3/31/2014  1:00 PM
Location: 3222 Angell Hall
Contact: myergeau@umich.edu
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