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 .

Podcast Episode 10 – Psychiatric Jim Crow

Disability History Association Podcast – Episode 10 (March 2019): Psychiatric Jim Crow

Ayah Nuriddin (Johns Hopkins University) discusses the history of Maryland’s Crownsville State Hospital.


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Ayah Nuriddin is a PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Medicine, and Graduate Fellow in the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine​ at Johns Hopkins University. For this academic year (2018-19), she is a Dissertation Fellow at the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (CHSTM). She holds a Masters in History and Masters of Library Science (MLS) from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her dissertation, entitled “Liberation Eugenics: African Americans and the Science of Black Freedom Struggles, 1890-1970,” analyzes African American engagement with eugenics, hereditarian thought, and racial science as part of a broader strategy of racial improvement and black liberation. ​She can be reached via email at anuridd1@jhmi.edu or on Twitter @AyahNerd.

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Podcast Episode 9 – The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

Disability History Association Podcast – Episode 9 (February 2019): The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

Director Michael Hudson discusses the history of APH, the museum’s exhibits and collections, and accessible museum practice.

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Mike Hudson has been the director of the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind since 2005. A native of Lexington, KY, he obtained his M.A. in the History of Technology from the University of Delaware in 1987. He previously headed the collections program at the Kentucky Historical Society and has been working in the museum field for more than thirty years.

Podcast Episode 8 – The Best Years of Our Lives

Disability History Association Podcast – Episode 8 (January 2019): The Best Years of Our Lives

Professor David Gerber (University of Buffalo) discusses this classic 1946 film about servicemen readjusting to civilian life after World War II.

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Dr. David Gerber is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and Emeritus Director of the Center for Disability Studies at the University of Buffalo. He has authored and edited numerous books, including Disabled Veterans in History (2000, revised and expanded 2012), and has published numerous essays about disability, immigration, and ethnicity. Among his many accolades, Professor Gerber was honored with the Annual Senior Scholar Award by the Society for Disability Studies in 2015, and he published an accompanying essay, “Disability Scholars as World Disrupters and Worldmakers,” in Disability Studies Quarterly in 2017. 

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Podcast Episode 7 – Disability In the Early Republic

Disability History Association Podcast – Episode 7 (December 2018): Martha Ann Honeywell: Art, Performance, and Disability in the Early Republic

Dr. Laurel Daen discusses her award-winning article.

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Dr. Laurel Daen is a National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral fellow at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. Laurel’s current research focuses on disability in early North America (to 1840). She is writing a book about disability, authority, and state-building in the early national period. She has also published articles and book chapters on “invalid” pensions for American Revolutionary War veterans, inventions for disability in early nineteenth-century Britain, and the early nineteenth-century American artist and performer Martha Ann Honeywell. This latter article won the Disability History Association’s 2018 Outstanding Article or Book Chapter Award and is the subject of this podcast.

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