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This Year’s CRIS Events

CRIS Information Session for Students (Monday, Sep. 30th @ 12:30 - Moore Study Lounge)

Faculty who teach courses in the Critical Identity Studies Program and students who have declared majors and minors will speak about the purpose of CRIS in a residential liberal arts context, what CRIS courses are/are not, and what students can do with their CRIS degrees.


[Ellen Samuels pic]Ellen Samuels -- "Ranges of Motion: Disability, Surveillance, and the Politics of Identity" (Thursday, Oct. 3 @ 7:00pm - Richardson Auditorium, MI)

Ellen Samuels, Assistant Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies at UW - Madison will deliver this inaugural lecture Intersectionality, Interdisciplinarity, and Social Justice for the newly Critical Identity Studies program at Beloit College. 


The Empowered Fe Fes Talk Disability and Reproductive Health - (Tuesday, Nov. 12 @ 4:00 - Richardson)

The Empowered Fe Fes is a support and action group of young women with disabilities ages 16 to 24, sponsored by Access Living of Chicago. The Fe Fes represent all different kinds of disabilities and come from different racial and ethnic communities around Chicago. They will be visiting classes and talking about disability and access to reproductive healthcare. Women and Girls/ Fe Fes Coordinator for Access Living and Beloit Alum, Fulani Thrasher '11 will take the lead in orienting the Beloit community to the Fe Fes advocacy and activism.

I(')m Possible (Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 - Location TBA)

I(‘)m possible is an annual event that allows students to share their story  and of being a college student with a disability and how these experiences have shaped them into the person they are today.  The title is a play in the word impossible which is the general belief that it is impossible for people with disabilities to achieve and excel in higher education and this event is to prove that it IS possible. 


  • "Murderball" - In this 2005 documentary, Quad Rugby goes to the Olympics and many object lessons in dominant masculinities follow.  A talk-back by Greg Buchanan, Professor of Psychology, will follow the documentary showing. Monday, September 30th at 7:30 p.m. (Richardson)
  • "How to Survive a Plague" - Documentary film maker David France tells the story of ACT UP New York. Faced with their own mortality an improbable group of young people, many of them HIV-positive young men, broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. This 2011 Academy Award nominated film will be followed by a talk back with Assistant Professor of Health and Society, Ron Nikora. Monday, October 28th at 7:30 p.m. (Richardson)
  • "Crooked Beauty" - A poetic documentary that chronicles artist-activist Jacks McNamara's transformative journey from childhood abuse to psych ward inpatient to pioneering mental health advocacy. Crooked Beauty reshapes mental health stigmas through a new healing culture and political model for living with madness as a tool of creativity, inspiration and hope. Film will be followed by a talk back with Scott Espeseth, Associate Professor of Art.  Monday, October 21st at 7:00 (Richardson)