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Disability Activism and Allyship

A Conversation with Kathy McMahon-Klosterman
October 3rd, 2018
6:00 PM

Banner image photo credit: Tom Olin

Disability Activism and Allyship


Wednesday, October 3, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall
Bay 4 (C105), Smith Warehouse
114 S. Buchanan Blvd
Durham, NC 27701
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How inclusive is our democracy? Who gets access to the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship, and on what basis? Drawing on her experiences working with student activists at Miami to make real change on their campus, Kathy McMahon-Klosterman will instruct us in the art of active citizenship. People with disabilities have historically been excluded from the decisions that affect their lives and freedoms, which is why the mantra of the disability rights movement is “nothing about us without us.” At the same time, nondisabled allies play a vital and necessary role in disability activism. McMahon-Klosterman will help us understand the challenges of diversity as well as the power of coalition.

Free and open to the public. A reception will follow the discussion.


Co-sponsored by Duke Disability Alliance, the Health Humanities Lab, and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Kathy McMahon-Klosterman

Kathy McMahon-Klosterman is Professor Emerita of Educational Psychology, Women’s Studies, Disability Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University Ohio. In her long and distinguished career at Miami, Professor McMahon-Klosterman founded an interdisciplinary Minor in Disability Studies, which has since become the most popular ...

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