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Disability, Development and Global Governance

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AU IDPP Seminar Series on Disability, Development and Global Governance

 Mondays, 2:00 - 3:30pm
29 February - 25 April 2016
SIS Building Room 349
School of International Service, American University

In line with AU 2030: Global Disability Policy, Technology and Education, the Institute on Disability and Public Policy at American University is launching a new Seminar Series aimed at creating a consistent meeting space and serving as a “hub” for cross-campus discussions and facilitating collaborative research initiatives around the themes of disability, development and global governance.

Join faculty, students and staff across American University and the Washington, DC policy community to discuss mutual research interests and activities. Participants will 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 and interests.

Schedule:

Inclusive Sustainable Development: Looking Toward 2030
29 February, 2:00 - 3:30pm, SIS Room 349 / Inaugural Session

This session will discuss the importance of including marginalized groups into the development process. It will focus on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and their particular significance for disability-inclusive development.

Measuring Disability Inclusion in the SDGs and CRPD with Big Data Analytics
14 March, 2:00 - 3:30pm, SIS Room 349 / Facilitator: Dr. Derrick Cogburn, AU School of International Service
This session will discuss ongoing efforts to measure implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on monitoring disability inclusion, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It will also include techniques for analyzing large-scale textual data, including finding trends and patterns.
Recording of Seminar Session

Using Pop Culture and Media to Change Perceptions and Attitudes Towards People with Disabilities
21 March, 2:00 - 3:30pm, SIS Room 260* / Facilitator: Dr. Asiah Mason, Mason Global
This session will discuss Dr. Asiah Mason of Mason Global's research in leveraging the power of pop culture and media to change public perceptions and attitudes of persons and disabilities. *This session only SIS Room 260.
Recording of Seminar Session

Disability Law and Rights: Bringing Marginalized Groups “to the Table”
28 March, 2:00 - 3:30pm, SIS Room 349 / Facilitator: Dr. Robert Dinerstein, AU Washington College of Law

This session will focus on disability rights and the laws that govern them. Topics include the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the existing gaps in policy implementation.
Recording of Seminar Session

Inclusive Cities: Governance and the Transformation of Disability Rights
4 April, 2:00 – 3:30pm, MGC Room 203 / Facilitator: Dr. Victor Pineda (UC Berkeley)
This session will discuss Dr. Victor Pineda’s international research on disability in the built environment through planning, design and public policy. Dr. Pineda serves the Obama Administration as a public member of the US Access Board. He is President of World Enabled, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at University of California-Berkeley.
Recording of Seminar Session

Social Media Advocacy for Raising Awareness and “Giving Voice”
11 April, 2:30* - 3:30pm, SIS Room 349 / Facilitator: Dr. Filippo Trevisan, AU School of Communication

Technology is such a large part of our current world; social media in particular. This week’s session will explore how social media is used to raise awareness and advocate for unheard voices and what that means for the future. *2:30pm start time for this session only.
Recording of Seminar Session

Engaging Politicians & the NGO Sector on Disability Rights Implementation
18 April, 2:00 - 3:30pm, SIS Room 349 / Facilitator: Mr. David Morrissey (USICD)
Mr. David Morrissey, executive director of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD), will discuss USICD’s advocacy efforts around disability rights implementation in the U.S. and abroad, as well as the critical role of the NGO sector and its engagement with politicians to enact policy changes and implementation.
Recording of Seminar Session

Social Entrepreneurship and ICTs for Development
25 April, 2:00 - 3:30pm, SIS Room 349 / Facilitator: Dr. Nanette Levinson, AU School of International Service

This session will discuss the important of social entrepreneurship in facilitating inclusive and sustainable development, as well as the critical role of accessible ICTs in development and broader global governance processes.
Recording of Seminar Session

Remote Participation:

Virtual participation is available for each session at http://tinyurl.com/idpp-seminar-series

More Information:

Please contact IDPP Research Associate Ms. Monica Ellebracht at me7765a@student.american.edu with any questions.