504 and Beyond: Disability Politics and the Black Panther Party

Lecture | November 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 630 Bechtel Room

 Sami Schalk, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Center for the Study of Sexual Culture

How did the Black Panther Party engage with disability politics in their activism and revolutionary agenda? Sami Schalk will explore their involvement in the 1977 504 sit-in and use their work to make larger arguments about how black activists articulate and enact disability politics differently than the mainstream, white disability rights movement.

Sami Schalk is an assistant professor of Gender & Women's Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on disability, race, and gender in contemporary American literature and culture. Schalk's first book, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, & Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction (Duke
UP 2018), explores how black women writers use non-realist genres to reimagine the possibilities and limits of bodyminds, challenging our understanding of the meanings of disability, race, and gender. Schalk's next project focuses on disability politics in black activism in the post-Civil Rights era. She identifies as a fat, black, queer, femme, non-disabled cis-gendered woman. She can be found on Twitter as @drsamischalk and on her website, samischalk.com.

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures, the Department of English, the Department of African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies.

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