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Disability and Intersectionality Book Club:

A Virtual Book Club That Features Disability in Literature 

Join the Access Center for the Disability and Intersectionality Book Club! The Disability and Intersectionality Book Club is an online community that empowers the WSU students, faculty, and staff to support and advocate for disability issues through thought provoking discussions centered around disability literature. This club creates a space for discussion, live chats, author Q&As and more. Every semester (excluding the summer months) the club will focus on one book discussing disability issues that can be easily accessible to all readers. A set amount of digital copies of each book will be available to registered Access Center students based on financial need and their interest in the book.

The club generally meets the first Friday of each month through zoom and each discussion is hosted by WSU faculty, staff, or students. The book chosen for the Fall 2020 semester is Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century edited by Alice Wong. This book celebrates and documents disability culture and looks to the future and the past with hope and love. The book chosen for the Spring 2021 semester is The Pretty One by Keah Brown. The Pretty One is a collection of essays exploring what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America. 

2020 - 2021 Schedule

Fall 2020 

Discussion on Part 1, Being: Friday, September 18th; 4:00-5:00 pm 

Discussion on Part 2, Becoming: Friday, October 9th; 4:00-5:00 pm 

Discussion on Part 3, Doing: Friday, November 6th; 4:00-5:00 pm 

Discussion on Part 4, Connecting: Friday, December 4th; 4:00-5:00 pm 

Recording of Discussion with Alice Wong

Original transcript of dialogue.

Spring 2021 

Discussion Chapters 1-3: Friday, January 29; 4:00-5:00 pm 

Discussion Chapters 4-6: Friday, February 19; 4:00-5:00 pm 

Discussion Chapters 7-9: Friday, March 19; 4:00-5:00 pm 

Discussion Chapters 10-12: Friday, April 16; 4:00-5:00 pm 

Virtual Book Club Spring 2021 Registration

Book Scholarship for Students

We are offering WSU students an opportunity to receive a free digital copy of each book. Digital book copies will be distributed to registered WSU students based on need and interest. Students who qualify for a free digital copy will be notified via email.  

Criteria for Consideration

  1. Financial need
  2. Interest in the books
  3. Willingness to participate in at least one of the scheduled virtual discussions in some manner