Please join us for the first DS brown bag seminar of the year!

Friday, October 10, 12-1pm, MGH 024 (the D Center), Joanne Woiak, “Privacy, Public History, and the Archive.”

Joanne Woiak is a Lecturer in the DS Program who is especially interested in the history of eugenics and disability. She previously presented this work at the Society for Disability Studies conference on a panel about challenges in recovering and narrating histories of disabled people in and out of institutions. The paper explores the interplay between the concept of privacy in healthcare and disability discourses, public presentations of disability and eugenics history, and disability historians’ strategies to address privacy restrictions on archival research. Copies of the paper will be available at the talk. ASL interpretation will be provided.

Location: The D Center, Mary Gates Hall 024, University of Washington Seattle (campus map: Many thanks to our host the D Center, UW’s Disability and Deaf Cultural Center! (

These talks will be given by UW students and faculty who were awarded research grants from the Harlan Hahn Endowment Fund. The Fund was established in 2010 by a generous gift to the Disability Studies Program. A complete list of 2014 awardees and their projects can be found on the DS Program website (

The DS brown bag seminars are free and public. You are welcome to bring your lunch.

Please note regarding accessibility:

The D Center is a fragrance free space. For the health and well being of community members with chemical sensitivity, please abstain from using scented cosmetics, clothing, etc. Baking soda will be provided. For more info:

The room is wheelchair accessible. Elevators open right across the hall from the entrance to the Center. ADA bathrooms are located on the same floor.

To request another disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at Requests can best be addressed if DSO receives them at least 10 days before the event.

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