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Disability Cultural Center Hosts Reading with Professor Steve Kuusisto
The Disability Cultural Center is hosting an engaging, accessible and inclusive book launch on Monday, March 19, as part of the Disabilities as Ways of Knowing series. Starting at 7:30 p.m. in Watson Theater, there will be a reading from “Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey” by Steve Kuusisto, University professor in cultural foundations of education in the School of Education and a faculty member in the Renée Crown University Honors Program. At 8:30 p.m. in the Light Work Gallery lobby, adjacent to Watson Theatre, there will be a book signing and a reception featuring festive food.
“Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey” is a lyrical love letter to guide dogs everywhere. In this tribute, Kuusisto shares his delightful story of how a guide dog changed his life and helped him discover a newfound appreciation for travel and independence.
“I am so pleased to host, in partnership with so many wonderful collaborators, the sixth installment of Disabilities as Ways of Knowing: A Series of Creative Writing Conversations,” says Diane R. Wiener, director of the Disability Cultural Center. “Professor Steve Kuusisto, public intellectual, distinguished professor and scholar-activist, is not only my talented colleague, I’m very happy and honored to say he is also a dear friend. It is indeed a delight to launch at SU his latest memoir, as a part of the series that he and I created together, and vibrantly, to welcome the entire campus community to celebrate together in the publication of ‘Have Dog, Will Travel.’”
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) will be provided during the reading; ASL interpretation will be provided during the reception. The catered offerings during the reception will include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and Kosher choices. Books will be available for purchase via the Syracuse University Bookstore, at a discount. Kuusisto will sign copies at a spectacular table, fitted with doggy pizazz.
This event is made possible by the Co-Curricular Departmental Initiatives Program within the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, and is co-sponsored by the Disability Cultural Center; the Disability Studies Program; and the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition; with support from Active Minds, the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, the Burton Blatt Institute, the Disability Law Society, the Disability Student Union, the LGBT Resource Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Renée Crown University Honors Program, and the Slutzker Center for International Services.
Parking is complimentary in the Booth Garage and Marion Lot on a first-come, first-served basis and the Q5 Lot has been designated for accessible parking. For any questions pertaining to parking, please contact Dee Bailey. A campus parking map is available online.
For other accommodations requests, or if you have any questions, please email the Disability Cultural Center by March 12.
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