Spellbound audiences of students, teachers, the disability community, and wider public engaged the riveting gallery opening of Insights Unseen and Unheard: “Our” UBC photo and video exhibit at the Hatch Gallery and the launch of the Wingspan Dis/arts, Culture and Public Pedagogy Symposium at the Chan, which ran October 19-21, 2017.
Prof. Leslie Roman opened the symposium in honor of Geoff McMurchy’s dance, Wingspan 3.
With greetings and outstanding video messages from the Federal Minister of Sport and Disabilities, the Honorable Kent Hehr and Minister Carla Qualtrough, Public Services and Procurement, as well as from President Ono, and an in-person speech by Sam Sullivan, MLA from False Creek and Liberal candidate for the Premier of BC, the Wingspan Collaborative uniquely combined disability arts and performances by professional artists with disabilities who work with diverse youth, and disability arts, culture and public pedagogy at UBC.
Keynotes by Catherine Frazee, The Ryerson Distinguished Professor Emerita, Prof. David Lepofsky, Profs, Anna Hickey-Moodey and Robert McRuer, along with papers and performances given by the Wingspan Collaborative presented examples of transformative scholarship and public pedagogy that challenged common stereotypes of youth with disabilities.
For more information, see wingspan.educ.ubc.ca.
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