The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) will host “Disability in Early America,” a virtual panel discussion on how disability functioned in early America from personal, political, and cultural perspectives, set for Monday, October 18th.
Panelist include Sari Altschuler, Northeastern University; Nicole Belolan, Rutgers University; Laurel Daen, University of Notre Dame, moderated by Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, MHS.
This discussion will address questions such as: What did disability mean in the early United States and how does it differ from our ideas about disability today? How did disability operate as a political and legal category in the colonial period, and how did it change in the early republic? What can material culture tell us about the lived experience of persons with disabilities in the era? This conversation will situate disability as a framework through which we can better understand the early lives of Americans and their often contested national and cultural identity.
This program will begin at 5:30 and is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be completed online.