Event to Examine Disability as a Creative Force

SEPTEMBER 22, 2021: The Hastings Center, a global ethics leader, announce that three artists and writers will lead a special virtual event  — “Enjoying: Disability as a Creative Force” — on Wednesday, October 20, at 4:30 pm Eastern time. Whether through engaging with artworks, wandering in the wilderness, or sharing a meal with friends, disability often opens up forms of movement and relation that would not otherwise be possible. Jerron Herman, Georgina Kleege, and Julia Watts Belser will discuss how being disabled is a source of creativity, experimentation, and community in their own lives and work.

The event is the latest in the series of six public events — The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Disability — that explore how technologies can be used to promote or thwart meaningful, flourishing lives. Because people with disabilities are especially proficient at living in a world not built for them, they are often experts at negotiating technologies to seek their own flourishing.

The events, organized by The Hastings Center and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, feature a range of scholars, artists, writers, and thought leaders with disabilities engaging in conversations about how they use — and why they may refuse — technology in their work and lives. The events are free and open to the public, and they are accessible to people with disabilities. Register for the online event here.

Access note: CART captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided.

To learn more about the event, contact

Susan Gilbert

The Hastings Center