CAT3 Disability in World History – Spring 2021
This Culture, Art, and Technology course (CAT3) presents historical perspectives on disability and the struggle for access and equality and for the recognition of the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. CAT3 examines societal treatment of people with disabilities and the legacy of such perspectives and treatment. The course also highlights the role of culture, technology, and the arts, from antiquity to the present, and then considers the many possibilities for the future.
This course is co-taught by Professors Matthew Herbst and Lisa Porter, who teach other courses on disability, seeking to improve understanding and increase access and inclusion for all. The pair previously co-taught a seminar on disability & Turkish history and took their class to Istanbul to volunteer with disability-related NGOs and schools: Türk Anneler Derneği Özel Eğitim ve Rehabilitasyon Merkezi in Florya, Özel Eğitim Merkezi in Yeşilköy, İTO Özel Eğitim Merkezi in Bağcılar, Istanbul University, and İnsan Toplum ve Teknoloji Derneği.