What the hell is wrong with the University of Maryland?

Every night, at three, an e-mail arrives in my inbox: the FYI automatic digest system informs me of various happenings on campus in the near future. Amongst those listed in the Monday, 6 October 2008, message, I found the following:

Subject : Provost’s Conversation: “Re-presenting Disability: Million Dollar Baby, Tropic Thunder and Anti-National Sexual Positions”
When : Monday, October 06, 2008 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Where : Stamp Student Union : Charles Carroll Room
Event Type(s) : Lecture

A Conversation with Robert McRuer,
Professor of English, George Washington University

This talk examines a few of the films that have sustained intense criticism from disability activists and theorists over the past few years. Reading these films within a queer theoretical perspective and through the cultural logic of neoliberalism, McRuer affirms and extends the immeasurable value of an increasingly global — and at times daringly anti-national — disability movement.

Lunch will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the President’s Commission on Disability Issues.

For more information, contact:
Anita Baksh
abaksh@umd.edu

Is it any wonder that culture has all but disappeared from this nation when this is what our “Universities” proffer? Seriously, it’s one thing to discuss films that have been criticized by disability activists (and theorists?!), but “within a queer theoretical perspective and through the cultural logic of neoliberalism”? This institution exasperates me ceaselessly.

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2 Responses

  1. I am busting with pride that the professor is from GW.

  2. […] the student body alone — not when Where My Girls At?: A Comedic Look at Black Lesbians and a Provost’s Conversation called “Re-presenting Disability: Million Dollar Baby, Tropic Thunder and… the University’s idea of intellectual discourse — This talk examines a few of the films […]

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