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Libraries Buy Deej Performance Rights for the 2019 Celebrate Ability Week

This week is the annual Celebrate Ability Week on campus during which special events are planned celebrating disability awareness and culture at Mizzou. This is the fourth year the University Libraries have purchased a film and the public performance rights and partnered with the Disability Center to show a movie depicting a person with a disability.

The movie this year, Deej, is a Peabody award-winning documentary and listed on the American Library Association Film and Media Round Table 2019 list of Notable Videos for Adults.  DJ (Deej) Savarese, is a non-speaking young man with autism. Abandoned by his birth parents and presumed incompetent, Deej found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer. As he makes his way through high school and begins his journey at Oberlin College, he confronts the terrors of his past, society’s obstacles to inclusion, and the sometimes paralyzing beauty of his own senses.

In his advocacy on behalf of other nonspeaking autistics, he embraces filmmaking and poetry, and discovers what having a voice can truly mean.

Deej, (2017, dir. Robert Rooy) is 72 minutes and will be shown Wednesday, Oct 2nd, 8:00 pm in Memorial Union, Jesse Wrench Auditorium

Watch trailer.

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Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.

home Staff news Upcoming Learning Opportunities sponsored by the Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

Upcoming Learning Opportunities sponsored by the Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

Fall 2017 Workplace Diversity Series
SERIES FOCUS: Including People with Disabilities in the Workplace

The purpose of this series is to enhance the capacity of faculty and staff as they engage on their daily campus activities to understand and learn about disability as an issue of diversity rather than difference, and of strength rather than deficit.

The skills and attitudes learned in this series can be applied to the workplace, the classroom, and in interpersonal and community contexts. We hope that the participants will serve as leaders in bringing awareness about issues related to disabilities across campus and affect changes in practices and policies.

Pre-registration is required. Participants who attend all sessions will earn a certificate of completion.

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Constructive Communication Across Differences Series
The purpose of this series is to enhance the capacity of faculty and staff to engage in conversations about challenging, emotionally-laden topics (i.e., race, discrimination, policy, politics, etc.). The skills learned in this series can be applied to the workplace, the classroom, and in interpersonal and community contexts. The sessions include:

Active Listening Concepts and Tools

Strategies for Navigating Emotions in Conversations

Collaborative and Deliberative Dialogue

Pre-registration is required. Participants who attend all sessions will earn a Certificate of Completion.

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Islam: Dispelling Myths to Break down Barriers
Featuring keynote speaker Amer F. Ahmed

7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3

Cornell Auditorium of the Trulaske College of Business

Event is free and open to the public

The post-9/11 era in the U.S. has exposed a significant degree of prejudice and bigotry towards Muslim people. This program will benefit participants interested in learning more about Islam and Islamophobia, providing needed context to bridge divides.