Podcast Episode 15 – California’s Eugenic Sterilization Program

Disability History Association Podcast – Episode 15 (September 2019): California’s Eugenic Sterilization Program

Natalie Lira (University of Illinois) discusses her work on eugenic sterilization, race, and reproductive justice in California.

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Natalie Lira is an interdisciplinary scholar who examines the politics of reproduction and the ways that U.S. histories of racial and reproductive justice intersect. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an affiliate in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. Natalie is currently writing a book on Mexican-origin women and men’s experiences of sterilization and confinement in California state institutions during the early to mid-twentieth century. You can find her work in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies and the American Journal of Public Health. 

More information about the collaborative Sterilization and Social Justice Lab project mentioned in the interview is available at https://sites.google.com/umich.edu/ssj-mini-conference/sterilization-social-justice-lab. 

Podcast Episode 14 – Disability, Spirituality, and Alternative Medicine

Disability History Association Podcast – Episode 14 (August 2019): Disability, Spirituality, and Alternative Medicine

Michael Davis (Hampton University) discusses his research on the Wright Brothers and Edgar Cayce.

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Dr. Mike Davis is Assistant Professor of History at Hampton University, an HBCU in Hampton, Virginia. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Davis previously taught at Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas and Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. His work deals with the intersection of religion, politics, and culture in 19th and 20th century America. His current projects include the first scholarly biography of Edgar Cayce as well as a spiritual history of Wilbur and Orville Wright. He can be followed on Twitter at @madavis71415872 or reached via email at michael.davis@hamptonu.edu

Podcast Episode 13 – Disability, Childhood, and an African American Prodigy

Disability History Association Podcast – Episode 13 (June 2019): Disability, Childhood, and an African American Prodigy

Camille Owens (Yale University) tells the story of nineteenth-century child performer Oscar Moore.

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Camille S. Owens is a PhD Candidate in African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University. Her dissertation, “Blackness and the Human Child: Race, Prodigy, and the Logic of American Childhood,” traces a genealogy of 19th- and 20th-century black prodigy performances to explore intersections of race and child-development as measures of the Human.

Podcast Episode 12 – Disability History in Scotland

Disability History Association Podcast – Episode 12 (May 2019): Disability History in Scotland

Iain Hutchison (University of Glasgow) discusses his work on disability history in Scotland.

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Iain Hutchison completed his undergraduate degree as a mature student in 2000, at the University of Strathclyde, where he remained until completion of his PhD in 2004. He is currently a research affiliate at the University of Glasgow. He is a board member of the Disability History Association, and reviews editor for H-Disability.

More information about the Seeing Our History podcasts, and particularly the theme song, can be found at http://insightradio.co.uk/seeingourhistory-themetune.html#.XPmSXGRKgTI

[Music: Easygoing by Nicolai Heidlas Music | https://www.hooksounds.com | Creative Commons — Attribution 4.0 International]

Podcast Episode 11 – Deafness, Quackery, and More!

Disability History Association Podcast – Episode 11 (April 2019): Deafness, Quackery, and More!

Jaipreet Virdi (University of Delaware) discusses her new book, the power of social media, teaching disability history, and more.

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Jaipreet Virdi is an Assistant Professor of history of medicine, technology, and disability at the University of Delaware. She received a B.A. from York University, a M.A. and PhD from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. She is currently completing her first book, Hearing Happiness: Fakes, Frauds, and Fads in Deafness Cures, to be published by the University of Chicago Press. She is also working on three other projects: Objects of Disability, an online resource database of historical artifacts used by, and/or crafted by disabled people; a second book project, From Prevention to Conservation: American Research on Hearing Impairment, 1910-1960, which focuses on collaborative programs that constructed hearing loss as a public health issue; and a co-authored project with Dr. Coreen McGuire on scientific research on deafness, nutrition deficiencies, and breathlessness, titled Instrumental Injustices: Women Scientists and the Politics of Disability in Interwar Britain. She is also Contributing Editor of the journal Pharmacy in History and Co-Editor of Communiqué, the newsletter of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science. She runs a history of medicine blog,From the Hands of Quacks and is on Twitter as @jaivirdi .