Faculty and Instructor Programming for the 2022-23 Common Book, “Disability Visibility”

KU Libraries, the Hall Center for the Humanities and the Division of Academic Success are excited to kick-off the 2022-23 Common Book, “Disability Visibility” by Alice Wong, at Red Hot Reading on Friday, April 15 at The Commons. This program will be followed by a series of workshops and discussions for faculty and instructors the week of April 18.

Red Hot Reading aims to bring awareness to the Common Book program and the 2022-23 selection. This first official look at KU’s 10th Common Book will include an interactive session featuring short talks from KU scholars providing resources and information to aid in teaching “Disability Visibility.”

Five presenters will be discussing the book and will be speaking with those in attendance about ways to integrate “Disability Visibility” in classrooms and workplaces. Information tables featuring work by KU centers and departments on campus that align with the topics raised in the book will be on display. The event will begin at 4 p.m. at The Commons, Spooner Hall. Participants are invited to join for a reception at the end of the presentations.  

The following week, April 18 through 22, will include daily workshops and discussions surrounding “Disability Visibility” and ways to integrate the book into 2022-23 courses. Copies of the book will be available at all in-person events. Participants do not need to have read the book to attend.

Three hybrid workshops will be held and presented by KU faculty and staff. Workshop topics include “Bringing ‘Disability Visibility’ Into Focus: Classroom Guidance for Teaching the 2022-23 KU Common Book,” on Tuesday, “Inclusive Research by Design” on Wednesday and “Connecting Primary Sources From the Dole Archive to ‘Disability Visibility’” on Thursday. Discussions on integrating the book into courses will take place every day. There will be both online and in-person discussion sessions. Some presentations will be recorded.

Register online for more information on these discussions and workshops including times and locations. Questions about the KU Common Book program can be directed to commonbook@ku.edu.