Thursday, February 2, 2012
Carrington Hall 208
In this Diversity Dialogue event, Dr. Susan Burch (Middlebury College) will share from her book “Unspeakable: The Life Story of Junius Wilson”. Wilson (1908-2001) spent seventy-six years at a state mental hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina, including six in the criminal insane ward. He had never been declared insane by a medical professional or found guilty of any criminal charge, but he was deaf and black in the Jim Crow South. “Unspeakable” offers us an opportunity to reflect on powerful forces that shape American identity and community, historically and today.
Susan Burch, Ph.D. is an associate professor of American studies and director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at Middlebury College. She has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books, chapters, and articles in critical deaf and disability studies.
Book signing and reception following the presentation
These programs are brought to you by a Public Affairs Grant.
Participants with disabilities who may not be able to fully participate because of the instructional format or design of the program may request an accommodation by contacting the Disability Resource Center at your earliest convenience, 417-836-4192.