PBK Detroit Event Gallery

There are no in-person events hosted by PSA-PBK scheduled at this time because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing. We hope to begin scheduling in-person events as soon as possible.

The following event, hosted by the University of Puget Sound, is in-person and is free and open to the public.

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Public Lecture: Building a World That Includes Disability

Thursday, February 17, 2022, 6 p.m.
Tahoma Room, Thomas Hall, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma


Dr. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, professor emerita of English and bioethics at Emory University and a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, will give a public lecture. What would our world be like if it fully welcomed and included people with disabilities? How could we build that world to share and live in together? Why would that be a better world for all of us? The human variations we think of as disabilities are part of the human condition and have been with us throughout history and across place. From Beethoven to Chuck Close, from Oedipus to William Faulkner, from FDR to Joe Biden, disability is everywhere once we know how to look for it. This presentation finds disability in culture, history, and the arts and shows how people with disabilities and what they make and do in the world demonstrates resourcefulness, resilience, and dignity. To do so, the presentation traces the history of the disability rights movement and the flourishing of disability culture, politics, history, aesthetics, and ethics by and about people living with disabilities.

If you have any questions about our events, please email Linda Willenberg at or call her at 425-641-1606.