Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is a disability justice and culture thought leader, bioethicist, educator, and humanities scholar. She consults on many academic and bioethics projects, gives frequent lectures, presentations, and media interviews, publishes in a range of media, and participates in a wide range of web events. Her 2016 op-ed, “Becoming Disabled,” was the inaugural article in the ongoing weekly series in the New York Times about disability by people living with disabilities.
As a bioethicist, she is a Hastings Center fellow and senior advisor, and she publishes frequently in academic journals. She is currently chief project advisor to The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Disability and Technology, a Hastings Center project supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
As a humanist, she is currently a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar. She is co-editor of About Us: Essays from the New York Times about Disability by People with Disabilities (2019) and the author of Staring: How We Look and several other books.
She is professor emerita of English at Emory University, where taught disability studies, bioethics, American literature and culture, and feminist theory. Her academic and scholarly work develops the field of critical disability studies and the health humanities to bring forward disability culture, access, and justice to a broad range of institutions and communities. Her website is: https://www.rosemariegarlandthomson.com/.
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We Belong To One Another: Disability and Family MakingRead the PostPagePart 6 of our online event series, “The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Disability” Ableism frames disability as a “family problem,” in which disability is a tragedy for nondisabled family members and a disqualifying factor when disabled people want to build families of their own. B...Read the Post
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Enjoying: Disability as a Creative ForceRead the PostPagePart 5 of our series, “The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Disability” To experience disabled joy is to feel pleasure, abundance, and fulfillment because of—not despite—disability. Whether through engaging with artworks, wandering in the wilderness, or sharing a meal with friends, d...Read the Post
Questioning Cure: Disability, Identity, and HealingRead the PostShould cure be the ultimate aim of health care? Sometimes aiming at cure entails trying to fix disability rather than enabling disabled people to flourish. Sometimes it obscures the goal of healing. And sometimes aiming at cure entails failing to distinguish between disease and difference. In this we...Read the Post
Questioning Cure: Disability, Identity, and HealingRead the PostPagePart 4 of our online event series, “The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Disability” TRANSCRIPT Should cure be the ultimate aim of health care? Sometimes aiming at cure entails trying to fix disability rather than enabling disabled people to flourish. Sometimes it obscures the goal ...Read the Post
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Artistic Visions for Disrupting AbleismRead the PostHastings Center NewsWhat will it take to bring about lasting justice for disabled people in the United States? When will every body—and every voice—be indispensable? Poets and activists Lateef McLeod and D.J. Savarese explored their ideas in “Disrupting Ableism with Artful Activism,” a virtu...Read the Post
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