Saturday, April 6, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.,
Iowa City Public Library, Room A (123 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240)

TLC Credit: Traditional, UI REACH

Presenter: Joseph Straus (Music, Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor)

Modernist literature and music construct the figure of the “Eugenic Idiot”—a feared source of violence—but also find in “idiocy” a crucial artistic resource, one that enables the sorts of artistic innovations that centrally define artistic modernism.

Disability is a universal human experience. Like gender, race, class, and sexuality, disability affects everyone in multiple ways, shaping and informing our notions of normality, family, community, fitness, and worth. Disability Studies, one of the fastest growing interdisciplinary fields in the humanities, social sciences and health sciences, examines abilities in the context of societies and cultures as they change over time. This symposium will consider the pervasive (though often unnoticed) influence of disability on and in the performing, visual, and literary arts, in philosophy and religion, in political and economic life, and in everyday language, as we explore when and how minds and bodies “misfit.”

On April 4-6, 2019, Misfitting: Disability Broadly Considered, will bring leading disability scholars from diverse disciplines to discuss the relevance and importance of disability to their respective fields.


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Baker Teacher Leader Center, 319-335-5623, in advance.