The Book Cellar will be at Harold Washington Library as author Pia Justesen leads a conversation with oral historians from her new book, From The Periphery: Real-Life Stories Of Disability.
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About the Book:
From the Periphery consists of more than 30 first-person narratives of everyday people and activists who describe what it’s like to be treated differently by society because of various visible and invisible disabilities. Race, class and intersectionality are recurring motifs. The stories are raw and painful, but also surprisingly funny and deeply moving. Inspired by the oral historians Studs Terkel and Svetlana Alexievich, From the Periphery will become a classic oral history collection and a landmark work that will increase the understanding of the lived experiences of people with disabilities, their responses to oppression and their coping strategies."--Chicago Review Press
About the Author:
Pia Justesen, Ph.D. is a Danish human rights lawyer and author who moved to the United States in 2014. In Chicago, she has taught disability rights at the University of Illinois and worked with the independent living organization Access Living. Her work focuses specifically on the human rights of racial minorities and persons with disabilities. Justesen splits her time between Chicago and Copenhagen, and with From the Periphery, she has made her debut as a nonfiction author in the United States.