Wednesday, April 2nd, 12:10-2:10 p.m., KHRCA Classroom
“Mentally Ill People as Unfit for Society,” Dr. Christian Perring,
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Dowling College, NY
This lecture will examine the concept of unfitness in 1930s Germany that led to the Nazi persecution of people with mental illness and its relations in eugenic movements in other parts of Europe and the United States. This presentation will show that these are serious issues facing psychiatry today and that we need to be on guard against too uncritical an attitude to medicating psychiatry as inherently beneficial for society. Yet the argument will be made that these tensions and thoughts apply to any social system of regulation and categorization of people, and so the answer is not to avoid all categorization and differentiation but instead to proceed with it in a historically sensitive and compassionate fashion that is aware of its own fallibility.
Wednesday, April 9th, 12:10-2:10 p.m., KHRCA Classroom
“The Body, Disabilities and the Holocaust,” Heidi Latsky, coordinated by Dr. Amy Traver, Sociology, QCC. Together with a dancer with disabilities, Ms. Latsky will present and discuss clips from her critically-acclaimed show “GIMP.” As a show grounded in the performances of dancers with disabilities, “GIMP” stays true to Latsky’s mission to exhibit all bodies as creative expressive instruments and to uphold, rather than fear, embodied differences. Heidi Latsky is the founder, artistic director, and choreographer of Heidi Latsky Dance.