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#Docuhistory: Crip Camp


Jun 18 2020


4:00 pm - 6:45 pm


Watch Party, Twitter Conversation & Zoom Discussion

Crip Camp

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

#Docuhistory with Catherine Kudlick, Scott Saul, Marion Quirici & Kimberly Middleton

Join us Thursday, June 18, 2020, for a watch party, Twitter conversation, and public Zoom discussion of the documentary film, Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020). In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination, and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp "for the handicapped" (a term no longer used) in the Catskills, exploded those confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking, and make-out sessions awaiting everyone, and campers experienced liberation and full inclusion as human beings. Their bonds endured as many migrated West to Berkeley, California — a hotbed of activism where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption, civil disobedience, and political participation could change the future for millions ... Keep Reading

At 4 pm EDT, we'll all stream the documentary on Netflix. While streaming, we invite you to browse and join the discussion on Twitter by searching the #docuhistory hashtag. After the screening, at 6 pm, we'll convene on Zoom for a conversation with Catherine Kudlick, Scott Saul, and Marion Quirici, moderated by Kimberly Middleton. Free and open to the public. Registration required.

The #docuhistory series aims to create an informal space where teachers, students, and historians can join together to watch a documentary and discuss teaching and learning about the film's subject matter. The series is organized by Joe Schmidt, New York City Department of Education (@HSGlobalHistory), in collaboration with the Forum for Scholars and Publics.



Resource List

Crip Camp

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) | Watch on Netflix

Crip Camp Official Site

Information about the film, toolkits for screenings, and resources for getting involved in disability activism.

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The Directors of Netflix’s Crip Camp on What the Documentary Can Teach Us Today

By Cornelia Channing | Slate

The new movie was supposed to debut in theaters, but the filmmakers see silver linings in the timing of its release.

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Why Disability History Matters

By Alice Wong | Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

I was 16 when President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990. I can't remember if I had any particular awareness or excitement about the passage of this landmark piece of legislation. At that time, I had little knowledge of the independent living movement or disability history.

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Patient No More

Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

Exhibit website with teaching resources about a remarkable, overlooked moment in U.S. history when people with disabilities occupied a government building to demand their rights. Known as the “Section 504 Sit-In,” the protest profoundly changed the lives of people with and without disabilities, and paved the way for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990.

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The 1977 Disability Rights Protest That Broke Records and Changed Laws

By Britta Shoot | Atlas Obscura

The 504 Sit-In was the longest non-violent occupation of a federal building in United States history.

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Disability Studies: Foundations & Key Concepts

By Clare Mullaney | JSTOR Daily

This non-exhaustive reading list highlights some of the key debates and conceptual shifts in disability studies.

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EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

People with disabilities have been present throughout American history.

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Our Fight for Disability Rights — And Why We're Not Done Yet

TEDx Talk With Judith Heumann

Four decades ago, Judith Heumann helped to lead a groundbreaking protest called the Section 504 sit-in — in which disabled-rights activists occupied a federal building for almost a month, demanding greater accessibility for all. In this personal, inspiring talk, Heumann tells the stories behind the protest — and reminds us that, 40 years on, there's still work left to do.

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Disability Visibility Project

The Disability Visibility Project is an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture.

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The Berkeley Revolution

A digital archive of one city's transformation in the late 1960s and 1970s.

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The Disability History Association

The Disability History Association (DHA) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the study of disabilities throughout history. This includes, but is not limited to, the history of individuals or groups with disabilities, perspectives on disability, representations/ constructions of disability, policy and practice history, teaching, theory, and Disability and related social and civil rights movements.

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Catherine Kudlick

After two decades at the University of California, Davis, Catherine Kudlick became Professor of History and Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University in 2012. She has published a number of books and articles in disability history, including Reflections: the Life and Writings…...

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Scott Saul

Scott Saul is a historian and critic who has written for The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, The Nation, Bookforum, and other publications. The author of Becoming Richard Pryor and Freedom Is, Freedom Ain't: Jazz and the Making of the Sixties, he is also the creator of Richard Pryor's Peoria, an extensive digital companion to his biography of…...

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Marion Quirici

Marion Quirici received her Ph.D. in English from the University at Buffalo in 2016. Her work studies the narratives cultures create to justify inequality on the basis of disability. Modern democracies fail to uphold their promises of "justice for all" when citizenship and rights are bound up with notions of…...

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Kimberly Middleton

Kimberly Middleton is a Special Education teacher in the New York City Department of Education. She challenges her students to analyze both educational and societal issues. Ms. Middleton helped redesign the Living Environment curriculum to make it more student-centered and reflective of larger ethical considerations. She explains, "I’m invested in…...

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