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MSU Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Accessibility & Appeals

January 31, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

“Accessibility and Appeals: Methods for Inclusivity”

The accessibility movement exists to ensure an equitable learning environment for all students, as does the need for multi-modal appeals to faculty, students and practitioners to implement accessible practices. This talk will explore an interdisciplinary approach to coalition building centered on six methods for encouraging adoption of accessible practices:

  • Student success
  • Social justice
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • broader community impact
  • legal
  • business/ROI

Attendees will hear how these approaches have been used and will be invited to consider how any number of them might be suited for their own teaching practice.

Presented by Kate Sonka, assistant director of academic technology in the College of Arts & Letters


  • Feb. 14, 2020 “Mapping a Comic Imaginary: Locality, Community, and Identity in North American Comics” — presented by Julian C. Chambliss, professor and core faculty in the Department of English and Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research (CEDAR)
  • Feb. 28, 2020 “Names, namers, and the purposes of naming: philosophical investigations on formal and informal lichen nomenclatures” — presented by Catherine Kendig, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy
  • Mar. 13, 2020 “Brokering power and access: Case studies from Mali and India at the intersection of gender and seed systems” — presented by Krista Isaacs, assistant professor of international seed systems in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
  • Mar. 27, 2020 “Acting and its Others: Labor’s Role in Defining Artistic Boundaries” — presented by Ann Folino White, associate professor of theatre studies and directing in the Department of Theatre
  • Apr. 10, 2020 “Art as Research // Research for Art” — presented by Dylan Miner


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