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SCHEDULE OF SPEAKERS (SUBJECT TO REVISIONS)
09:00-9:05 Welcome Song in Arabic by Zeinab Zeitoun
, MCC Honors student
09:05-9:10 Music by MCC—Red Mountain faculty members Tara Jones
and Keith Anderson
09:10-9:15 Welcoming Remarks by Nora Reyes, Ph.D., Provost of MCC—Red Mountain
09:20 Kevin Kling
(via Skype): “Bus Strike”
Professional storyteller, writer, director, and guest commentator on National Public Radio, whose expertise pertains to Language and Literature.
09:30 TEDx video: “Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone” by His Holiness Pope Francis
09:40 Thomas Kusek, M.Ed.
Manager, Disability Resources and Services, Mesa Community College, whose areas of expertise pertain to Mechanical Design and Audio Engineering.
10:00 James I. Charlton
Author of Nothing about Us without Us, Executive Vice President of Access Living in Chicago, disability rights activist, and Research Assistant Professor of Disability and Human Development at UIC, whose areas of expertise pertain to Disability Law and Civic Engagement.
10:20 Daniel Baggett
Storyteller, Stand-Up Comic, Writer, and MCC Student, whose expertise pertains to Language and Literature.
10:40 Mindy Scheier
Founder and President of the Runway of Dreams Foundation, which promotes the design of clothing adapted for children with disabilities. Her areas of expertise pertain to Culture, Gender, Fashion Design, and Identity Studies.
11:00 Carrie Basas
Director at Washington State Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds, former law professor and practicing attorney. Her areas of expertise pertain to Disability Law and Civic Engagement.
11:20 Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Ph.D.
Professor of Disability Studies at Emory University, author of Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Arts and Culture, among others, and world-renowned speaker, whose areas of expertise pertain to Language and Literature, Culture, Gender, Identity Studies, and Humanities in Contemporary Issues.
11:40 Renu Addlakha, Ph.D.
Researcher for the Centre for Women’s Development Studies in the sociology of medicine, mental illness and the psychiatric profession, anthropology of infectious diseases, bioethics, and disability studies, editor of Disability Studies in India: Global Discourses, Local Realities, and director of research projects supported by the World Health Organization and the MacArthur Foundation in India. Her areas of expertise pertain particularly to Culture, Gender, and Identity Studies.
BREAK FOR LUNCH – Live Music in the lobby, Demonstrations by Whill
and Wheelchair Laboratories
outside, and TEDx videos in the RAD
12:00-1:00: TEDx videos playing in the RAD:
“The Power of Vulnerability” by Brene Brown
“Let’s Help Refugees Thrive, Not Just Survive” by Melisse Fleming
“The Ethical Dilemma of Designer Babies” by Paul Knoepfler
“The World Needs All Kinds of Minds” by Temple Grandin
1:00 John Lawson
He is a writer, director, film and television PWD actor with past roles in, Law and
Order: SVU, MTV-Awkward, Switched at Birth, HBO West World and American
Horror Story: FREAK SHOW. John has also had roles in over 15 films.
(will be unable to attend and instead John Lawson will be speaking in her place)
Producer of nineteen films, including the award-winning documentary Cinemability, director of eight films, and writer and editor for seven. Her areas of expertise pertain to Film, Media, and New Media.
1:20 Theresa Devine, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts and Peformance, ASU—West Campus. Her areas of expertise pertain to Art History, Painting, Video and Tabletop Game Design, and New Media.
1:40 Sarah Risha, Ph.D.
Adjunct Instructor in Arabic, Paradise Valley and Rio Salado, whose areas of expertise pertain to Linguistics and Literature and Language.
2:00 Brett Heising
Founder and CEO of brettapproved.com, a website for assessing the accessibility of facilities to ease anxiety about travel for persons with disabilities, whose areas of expertise pertain to Business, Public Relations, and Civic Engagement.
2:20 Jennifer Longdon
Writer for LivAbility Magazine, Ability360 Center, and local disability activist, whose expertise pertains to Disability Law and and Civic Engagement.