In/Dependence: Disability, Welfare, and Age
a symposium

Friday April 7, 2006

This interdisciplinary symposium brings together diverse audiences--academic and community-based--to ignite discussion and foster understanding of the meanings and implications of depedency and independence, and especially their impact on the lives and self-understandings of individuals and groups. It will also examine resulting challenges for public policy and social justice.

Read on to learn more about:

symposium speakers
symposium information
special events
on-line registration
background readings

Symposium Speakers

Margaret Morganroth Gullette
(Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis)
Eva Feder Kittay (Philosophy, SUNY-Stony Brook)
Sanford F. schram (Social Work, Bryn Mawr)

Atwood Gaines (Anthropology, Bioethics, Nursing, and Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve), moderator

For background readings, please see below

Anne Basting (Theater and Center on Age & Community, UWM) and
Andrea Westlund (Philosophy and Center for Women's Studies, UWM), organizers

Kate Kramer (Center for 21st Century Studies), coordinator

Symposium Information

Date: Friday, April 7, 2006
Curtin Hall 175, 3243 N. Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI
: 9 am
Symposium: 10 am - 5 pm

9 – 10 am: Registration (coffee & continental breakfast)

10 am: Welcomes
Daniel J. Sherman (History; Center director)
Symposium organizers Anne Basting (Theatre; Center on Age & Community) and Andrea Westlund (Philosophy)

10:15 – 11:30 am: Sanford F. schram (Bryn Mawr):
"Uncaring Neoliberal Paternalism: A Compassionate Response to the Punitive Turn in Poverty Management”

11:30 am – 12:45 pm: Lunch
Greene Hall, UWM, 3347 North Downer Avenue
(Deadline for registration / lunch fees: Noon, March 22)

1:00 – 2:15 pm: Eva Feder Kittay (Stony Brook): "Equal Dignity, Disability, and Dependence"

2:15 – 2:30 pm: Coffee Break

2:30 – 3:45 pm: Margaret Morganroth Gullette (Brandeis):
"My Mother and I Fall"

3:45 – 5:00 pm: Open Discussion
Atwood Gaines (Case Western), moderator

Special Events

Art Exhibition
"The Power of Place: Elders' Voices in the Walnut Way Community"

Raoul Deal (Peck school of the Arts, UWM), in collaboration with Cheryl Ajirotutu (Anthropology, UWM), has created this exhibit to coincide with the symposium. It is part of a larger project supported by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund and features art work based on conversations with older adults from Walnut Way, a historically black neighborhood in Milwaukee. The exhibition reception is open to all and will begin following the close of the symposium at 5:30 in room 171 of UWM's Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 East Kenwood Boulevard

Choreographed Performance

The day will culminate at 6:30 in room 280 of the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts with a special preview of Simone Ferro's (Dance, UWM) about the Walnut Way community.

The Symposium In/Dependence: Welfare, Disability, and Age, co-sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies, college of Letters and Science, with support from the graduate school as well as the Center on Age & Community, UWM, is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment of the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.





Center for 21st Century Studies

Merry Wiesner-Hanks


Center for 21st Century Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201 USA
tel: 414-229-4141; fax: 414-229-5964; email:



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