“Articulating and Enacting Black Disability Politics in the National Black Women's Health Project,” leads off a series of discussions hosted by Niagara University’s Ostapenko Center for Ethics in Medicine and Healthcare this spring.

The presentation by Dr. Sami Schalk, associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, takes place on Monday, Feb. 12, from 3-4:20 p.m. in Dunleavy Hall Room 228 on the Niagara University campus. Dr. Schalk is the author of “Black Disability Politics,” and will draw from her book as she discusses the National Black Women's Health Project in the 1980s and 1990s and argues that the way its Black feminist health activism used holistic, culturally attuned, and politicized approaches to health should be considered an example of Black disability politics.

Dr. Schalk earned her B.A. in English and women’s studies from Miami University, her MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame, and her Ph.D. in gender studies from Indiana University. Her interdisciplinary research focuses broadly on disability, race, and gender in contemporary American literature and culture. She has published on literature, film, and material culture in a variety of peer-reviewed humanities journals.

For information on virtual attendance, contact Dr. James Delaney, Ostapenko endowed director of professional ethics, at jdelaney@niagara.edu.

Other presentations this spring include “Artificial Intelligence, Chatbot Therapists and the Future of Psychiatry” by Dr. Şerife Tekin, associate professor of philosophy in SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities, on Wednesday, March 20; a panel discussion about the work of Horizon Health Services, Inc., on Wednesday, April 10; and “The Forever Wars,” by Dr. John Martin Fischer, distinguished professor of philosophy from the University of California Riverside, on Monday, April 15.

Made possible by the generous gift of Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko, the Ostapenko Center for Ethics in Medicine and Healthcare is dedicated to investigating the various ethical issues related to healthcare and medicine facing our local and global communities.