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IDPP Seminar Series on Disability, Development and Global Governance

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Academic Year 2016-2017 Fall Semester

Tuesdays, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
13 September - 6 December 2016
SIS Building Room 300
School of International Service, American University

In line with the AU 2030: Global Disability Policy, Technology and Education initiative, our seminar series aims to help create an interdisciplinary, cross-campus community at American University that can facilitate collaboration around mutual research interests at the intersection of disability, development, and global governance.

The Seminar Series brings together faculty, students and staff across campus and the Washington, DC policy community, as well as researchers and practitioners around the world via in-person and remote virtual participation. The series serves as a consistent “hub” to facilitate collaborative research. Participants have the opportunity to actively engage in the discussion and put forward their ideas for collaboration, with a facilitator to guide each discussion and kick-start the conversation by sharing his/her research agenda.


The "Grand Challenge" of Disability Inclusive Development and Accessible Global Governance
13 September, 12:00 - 1:30pm, SIS Room 300
Facilitator: Dr. Derrick Cogburn, Associate Professor, SIS; Director, IDPP
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Telling It Like It Is: Life Stories, Disability Rights Advocacy, and Technology
20 September, 12:00 - 1:30pm, SIS Room 300
Facilitator: Dr. Filippo Trevisan, Assistant Professor, SOC; Deputy Director, IDPP
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Empowerment through Work: The Cases of Individuals with Disabilities and Low-Skilled Women Workers in a Border City*
27 September, 12:45* - 2:15pm, SIS Room 300
Facilitator: Dr. Ernesto Castaneda, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, CAS; Faculty Affiliate, Center on Health, Risk, and Society and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies
* This session only will begin at 12:45pm
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Measuring Community Access for Inclusive Cities and Urban Development
4 October, 12:00 - 1:30pm, SIS Room 300
Facilitator: Dr. Michael Bader, Assistant Professor, CAS; Faculty Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Center
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Addressing the Challenges of Inclusive Development within the Framework of the Global Environment*
11 October, 12:00 - 1:30pm, SIS Room 260*
Facilitator: Mr. Kevin Hill, Senior Consultant, United Nations Development Programme
* This session only will take place in SIS Room 260
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Live From Habitat III: The UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development*
18 October, 12:00 - 1:30pm, SIS Room 260*
Facilitators: IDPP Conference Delegation
* This session only will take place in SIS Room 260
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Public Diplomacy and Diplomatic Practice
25 October, 12:00 - 1:30pm, SIS Room 300
Facilitator: Amb. Anthony Quainton, Distinguished Diplomat in Residence, SIS
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Inclusive International Development: Looking Toward 2030
1 November, 12:00 - 1:30pm, SIS Room 300
Facilitator: Dr. Louis Goodman, Professor and Dean Emeritus, SIS; Chair, Faculty Advisory Board, IDPP
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U.S. Disability Employment Law and Reasonable Accommodation
8 November, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, SIS Room 300
Facilitator: Mr. Mark Maxin, Adjunct Professor, SPA; Assistant General Counsel for Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Chairman and Commissioner, Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities
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Inclusive and Accessible Electoral Processes: Challenges and Opportunities
15 November, 1:00* - 2:30pm, Spring Valley Building Room 609
Facilitator: Ms. Virginia Atkinson, Senior Access and Inclusion Specialist, International Foundation for Electoral Systems; Advisory Board Member, IDPP
*This session only will begin at 1:00pm
IDPP Open House and Reception to follow (2:30pm-4:00pm, Spring Valley Building Suite 610)
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Integrating Local and International Voices in Global Disability Policy
22 November, 12:00 - 1:30pm, SIS Room 300
Facilitator: Mr. Mohammed Ali Loutfy, PhD candidate, CAS; Disabled People's International
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Human Rights and Global Governance: Enhancing Participation of Excluded and Marginalized Voices
29 November, 12:00 - 1:30pm, SIS Room 300
Facilitator: Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter, Associate Professor, Departments of Government and Anthropology and Director, Institute for Human Rights, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Faculty Associate, IDPP
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Citizen Journalism, Disability and Civic Inclusion: Self-Empowerment by Marginalized Voices
6 December, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Spring Valley Building Room 609
Facilitators: Dr. Einar Thorsen, Principal Lecturer in Journalism & Communication, Bournemouth University, and Associate Director, Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community; Dr. Daniel Jackson, Principal Lecturer in Media & Communication, Bournemouth University, and Co-Convenor, Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group
Session Recording


Remote Participation:
Virtual participation is available for each session at

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Previous Sessions and Recordings:
To access sessions and recordings from Academic Year 2015-2016 Spring Semester, please visit IDPP Seminar Series - Spring 2016 Semester