Hancock Lecture 2019


When: Wed. Feb. 6, 2019, 7–8:30 pm, Reception to follow
Where: Great Hall, 7 Hart House Circle  MAP
Cost: Students Free / Community $10 / Buy tickets

Moving Toward a Disability Justice Revolution with Sarah Jama

In Canada, people with disabilities are consistently told, explicitly and implicitly, that they do not have the right to exist freely. In this lecture, community organizer and co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario, Sarah Jama will discuss the ways the “disabled body” and “disabled mind” are treated through consumerist understandings in order to uphold existing oppressive structures in our society.

Sarah will discuss the history of the disability justice movement in Canada and the U.S., the historical links between colonialism and ableism, will unpack themes around global capitalism, and discuss how to build a world that truly uplifts the rights of people with disabilities. Lastly, she’ll walk you through her journey as an organizer and the steps she has taken towards building inclusive movements. The answer to a better world is a revolution that centres disability justice.

This is an accessible event. ASL and CART services will be available. If you have specific accommodation requests please indicate in the ticket registration, or get in touch with Day Milman at day.milman@utoronto.ca

TTC WheelTrans stop and accessible entrance located at 18 Queen’s Park Crescent. The entrance is adjacent to the Great Hall. Additional accessible entrance located on Tower Road, just off of Hoskins Avenue.

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About Sarah Jama

Sarah Jama is a community organizer from Hamilton, Ontario. She is co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO), is a current board member of the Hamilton Transit Riders Union and is working with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board to create curriculum around combating anti-black racism. She has given over one hundred lectures, presentations and keynotes on issues surrounding leadership, diversity, justice and works at the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion as a Program Coordinator. She recently co-managed the successful municipal campaign of Councillor Nrinder Nann in Hamilton Ontario. Sarah can be reached at sarah@djno

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Join us at Hart House for a conversation led by Director Ravi Jain and deaf actor Dawn Jani Birley about creating Prince Hamlet, a unique re-imagining of the classic play. 

Date: Sun Feb 10, 2019, 8–10 pm
Cost: Free | Register online

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