The history of Disability Rights and Independent Living is well known in Berkeley, but as two new books explore, notions of "independence" were behind several different models of accessible and inclusive design. In this talk, Elizabeth Guffey and Dr. Bess Williamson will discuss their new books on design and access, with particular attention to the leading role of East Bay activists and planners.
Dr. Bess Williamson
She is a historian of design and politics. Her book Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design is recently out from NYU Press.
She works at the intersection of art, design and disability studies. Her book Designing Disability: Symbols, Space and Society (Bloomsbury) argues that designs like the International Symbol of Access or “wheelchair symbol” can alter the environment, making people more disabled or less, depending on the design’s planning and use. She is also Founding Editor of the academic journal Design and Culture. Guffey currently heads the MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory at the State University of New York, Purchase College.
Accommodations available upon request, please contact Jenni Fick at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the event to set up an accommodation.
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