Jane Addams: Disrupting Narratives of Charity and Disability


Location: O'Shaughnessy Hall, Room 119

Sabrina Starnaman; research fellow; Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology; University of Texas at Dallas; and Ph.D. candidate, Department of Literature, University of California, San Diego

In 1915, a five-day-old baby died after a Chicago surgeon withheld life-saving surgery in the name of protecting America’s health. Baby Bollinger’s death renewed debate about disability and the treatment of disabled people. This talk explores how Jane Addams spoke out against the death of baby Bollinger and disrupted accepted narratives of disability in her texts, including her well-known memoir Twenty Years at Hull-House.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts