The Way Poverty and Disability Look: Who Gets to Say?

The IHR Health Humanities Initiative invites you to join us for "The Way Poverty and Disability Look: Who Gets to Say?" We are honored to host Lennard Davis for this evening talk at Arizona State University. To learn more about the IHR's Health Humanities Initiative, click here.

About the lecture:

The poor have historically been represented by others. This problem of representational inequality, which parallels economic inequality, has created an aesthetic of poverty that has important consequences for the poor, disabled and other social groups evoked by that aesthetic. Since poverty and disability are intertwined, representations often yoke these two categories together, and this talk considers the consequences by looking at selective art, photography, literature and film ranging from the middle ages to the present. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A.

About the speaker:

Lennard J. Davis is a professor of English, medical education, and disability and human development at the University of Illinois as well as the director of Project Biocultures, a think-tank devoted to issues at the intersection of culture, medicine, disability, biotechnology and the biosphere.

Professor Davis is the author or editor of more than a dozen scholarly books, notably "The Disability Studies Reader," "The End of Normal: Identity in a Biocultural Era," and most recently "Enabling Acts: the Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest U.S. Minority its Rights." Besides having written numerous articles for The Nation, The New York Times and other print media, Professor Davis is also the author of several award-winning creative works, including the novel "The Sonnets" and the memoir "My Sense of Silence: Memoirs of a Childhood with Deafness," which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Special accommodations:

Sign language interpretation will be provided. If any additional accommodations are required, please contact the IHR at


This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to reserve your seat.

Location and parking:

The lecture will take place in Armstrong Great Hall at the Beus Center for Law and Society on ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus. Visit the Beus Center's parking website for information about nearby lots and pricing.


This event is organized by Annika Mann, who is an assistant professor of English in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies. Professor Mann is currently a member of the IHR's 2017-18 Fellows Program, researching under the theme "Health." To learn more about the IHR Fellows Program, click here.

Professor Mann can be reached at

This event is sponsored by:

• Insitute for Humanities Research (Health Humanities Initiative, Fellows Program)
• Division of Humanities, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
• School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies
• School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
• New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
• School of Social Transformation
• Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Downtown Phoenix campus
Beus Center for Law and Society, Armstrong Great Hall
Annika Mann
Lennard Davis Lecture ASU