Katherine Ott to Speak on “Disability Things…” April 7

On Thursday, April 7, Katherine Ott, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, will deliver an online talk titled “Disability Things, History, and Mental Health” via the Connecticut Historical Society.

The event description says: “Humans come in many varieties—size, gender, intellect, skin color, communication style… Why has it been such a struggle to embrace the differences? Using objects from history as a guide, this talk examines some of the ways disability has collided with assumptions about how to be human.”

Here is the online exhibit “EveryBody: an Artifact History of Disability in America” that Ott curated for the Smithsonian.

Ott’s free online talk is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm. Sign up for this event through this webpage.

The 2021 Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife addressed the topic of “Living with Disabilities in New England, 1630-1930.” Review that program of presentations here. Our team is editing papers from that conference into one of our upcoming Proceedings volumes.