The 2011 Emerging Scholars Conference at Chapman University explored issues of disability, diversity, and human rights in education, the social sciences, humanities, and law.
The conference was sponsored by the university's College of Educational Studies, School of Law, and a local non-profit, Team Up for Down Syndrome. It showcased emerging scholars—including doctoral students, law students, new faculty and researchers in education and law—and their research in the rapidly growing field of interdisciplinary studies.
Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar
University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Laura Rothstein joined the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville as Professor of Law and Dean in 2000 (serving as dean until 2005). She has written fourteen books and dozens of book chapters, articles, and other works on disability discrimination, covering a broad range of issues, with an emphasis on disability discrimination in education (both K-12 and higher education). She chaired the AALS Special Committee on Disability Issues (1988-1990). She has served as co-chair of the AALS Section on Disability Law, Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education Diversity Committee, a member of the LSAC Minority Affairs Committee, and a member of the AALS Membership Committee.
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Professor of Culture, Society, and Education
Arizona State University, School of Social Transformation
Alfredo Artiles has published extensively for research, policy, and practice audiences in education, psychology, and related disciplines. His work has been published or reprinted in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Hungarian. He is Editor (with T. Wiley) of the International Multilingual Research Journal (Taylor & Francis), and edits (with E. Kozleski) the book series Disability, Culture, & Equity (Teachers College Press). Dr. Artiles's interdisciplinary scholarship examines the ways cultural practices and ideologies of difference mediate school responses to students' needs. His research also focuses on teacher learning for social justice.
Dr. Artiles is vice president of the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Division on the Social Contexts of Education (2009-2011), an AERA Fellow, a Spencer Foundation/National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellow, and a resident fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford University).
WRETCHES AND JABBERERS
Larry Bissonnette, Tracy Thresher, Pascal Cheng, and Harvey Lavoy
A Film by Gerardine Wurzburg
Larry and Tracy are two men with autism who embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. At each stop, they dissect public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future. From beginning to end, Wretches and Jabberers inspires viewers with a poignant narrative of personal struggle that rings with intelligence, humor, and courage.