504 and Beyond: Disability Politics and the Black Panther Party 

In solidarity with the AFSCME strike that day, this event has been relocated to Mudrakers Cafe and the time changed to 4:30 pm to give everyone time to arrive from campus.

4:30 pm Lecture with Dr. Sami Schalk, Mudrakers Cafe

How did the Black Panther Party engage with disability politics in their activism and revolutionary agenda? Sami Schalk will explore their involvement in the 1977 504 sit-in and use their work to make larger arguments about how black activists articulate and enact disability politics differently than the mainstream, white disability rights movement.

Sami Schalk is an assistant professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on disability, race, and gender in contemporary American literature and culture. Schalk’s first book, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, & Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction (Duke UP 2018), explores how black women writers use non-realist genres to reimagine the possibilities and limits of bodyminds, challenging our understanding of the meanings of disability, race, and gender. Schalk’s next project focuses on disability politics in black activism in the post-Civil Rights era. She identifies as a fat, black, queer, femme, non-disabled cis-gendered woman. She can be found on Twitter as @drsamischalk and on her website, samischalk.com.

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture, the Department of English, and the Department of African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies.

Snacks will be provided.
Note that in solidarity with the AFSCME strike 11/13, this event has been moved off-campus. For details or questions contact cssc@berkeley.edu or view event details at cssc.berkeley.edu.
*Access notes: Mudrakers Cafe is wheelchair accessible; however, the bathroom is downstairs and therefore not accessible.