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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

[Event] Schweik lecture at Syracuse Thursday April 5

For anyone in the Central New York area:

The SU Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies presents

The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public

A Public Lecture by  Susan M. Schweik

April 5, 2012

4:00-5:30 pm

500 Hall of Languages

Syracuse University Campus

On July 9, 1867, the San Francisco City Council approved the first known
ugly law: "Any person who is diseased, maimed,  mutilated, or in any way
deformed so as to be an unsightly or disgusting object...shall not...expose
himself to public view." These ordinances spread throughout the United
States. The last known arrest was in 1974. In The Ugly Laws (NYU, 2009),
English professor Susan Schweik, co-director of UC Berkeley's Disabilities
Studies Program, discusses the origins and consequences of these nineteenth
century unsightly beggar ordinances, showing how their  dynamics--harsh
policing, systematized suspicion, and structural and institutional repulsion
of poor disabled people--persist into the present. In this talk she will
address some recent examples.

ASL will be provided.  This lecture is free and open to the public. Parking
is available at Irving Garage for a small fee.  For more information on this
lecture, please contact Jeff Brune at

This lecture is also co-sponsored by the Beyond Compliance Coordinating
Committee (BCCC), the SU Disability Cultural Center, the Department of
English, the Department of History, the Department of Geography, the Renée
Crown Honors Program, the Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics, the School
of Education, Cultural Foundations of Education, and the Department of
Women’s and Gender Studies.



Jeffrey A. Brune

2011-2012 Fellow, The Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies,
Syracuse University

Assistant Professor of History, Gallaudet University

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