Graduate Student Educators Showcase of Work on Disabilities

April 23, 2024, 3 p.m.

people sitting and standing at tables with files and papers in front of them
Students in SPE 644 working with primary source materials in the Special Collections Research Center.

Graduate students and educators enrolled in Syracuse University’s School of Education course “SPE 644: Significant Disabilities: Shifts in Paradigms & Practices” will provide a showcase of their work on May 8, 2024 from 4:30 to 6 pm in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), located on the 6th floor of Bird Library. The course was taught by Dr. Julia M. White, a 2023-2024 SCRC Faculty Fellow.

Co-organized by Syracuse University Libraries’ SCRC and the School of Education, this event will debut a digital exhibition titled “From Institutionalization to Inclusion: Disability Activism in the Syracuse University Special Collections.” It was created by members of the course who have been critically engaging with primary source documents and artifacts in SCRC’s collections to explore disability as a cultural construction by examining historical developments in special and inclusive education, as well as the rise (and fall) of institutions and asylums for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

The showcase and reception are free and open to the public. If you require accommodations, please email Max Wagh at by May 1.

About Special Collections Research Center and Syracuse University Libraries:

Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center collects, preserves and provides access to materials that document the history of Syracuse University and our global society, including rare printed materials, original manuscripts, photographs, artworks, audio and moving image recordings, University records and more. Collection areas include activism and social reform, radicalism in the arts, architecture and industrial design, photography, the history of recorded sound and more. Located on the 6th floor of Bird Library, the SCRC is a vibrant research and learning environment for Syracuse University students, faculty and the broader scholarly community, providing access to world-renowned rare and archival collections and expert guidance in their use to facilitate personal discovery and the creation of new knowledge.

About the School of Education

A pioneer and global leader in inclusive and equitable education, Syracuse University School of Education prepares thoughtful and socially just educators, counselors, and other leaders who bridge scholarship and practice to promote dynamic, effective, and engaging learning experiences for all.

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