FYF@Innis Seminars

Representing Disability

Professor: Katherine Williams
Subject: English
Course Code: ENG197H1S

Seminar description

Understanding disability as a cultural concept—not a medical condition or personal misfortune—that describes how human variation matters in the world, this course asks: how do literary texts represent physical and intellectual disability?

Reading drama, fiction, and poetry, we will consider how disability prompts new strategies of writing and thinking.

Get to know the professor

NAME: Katherine Williams

INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: ENG197H1F: Representing Disability

HOMETOWN: Most recently, Baltimore, MD / NYC

THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: Sorry to Bother You (again)

MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE BOOK: Any volume of poetry by Mary Oliver.

THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: “Americans” by Janelle Monàe

FAVOURITE FOOD: My grandmother’s cheesecake.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Drinking way too much coffee.

I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Improvisational cooking (with whatever is in the fridge).

A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I’ve just moved to Toronto/U of T from Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), where I was a professor at NYU Abu Dhabi (tell me your favourite hummus in Toronto, please!).

MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: The joy of thinking together – new questions, ideas and insights through discussion.

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: The subject is highly interesting and extremely important!

WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: Because we will consider important questions about disability & human variation – and read some good books!

A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: The public theaters of the English Renaissance (16th & 17th c.) were basically the TV of the period – drama offers a cultural snapshot of social debates, hot topics and diverse audiences!

SOME FINAL WORDS: Seek help when you are struggling: we’re here together!

NAME: Chelsea Rochman.

INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: EEB197H1S Biodiversity and the city

HOMETOWN: Tucson, Arizona.

THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: Coco :)

MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: hmmmm… not sure.

THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: CSNY, Judy Blue Eyes.

FAVOURITE FOOD: Pickles & gummy candy.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Gummy worms & other gummy candy.

I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Multi-tasking.

A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I have 2 sisters named Berrye.

MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: Keeping up with the knowledge.

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: So you can see the nature behind the concrete in our city.

WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: We live in the Carolinian forest.

A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: There are just as many freshwater fish species as marine.

SOME FINAL WORDS: The waste hierarchy is a good rule to live by.

Good to know

Pre-requisites: none
Co-requisites: none
Exclusions: ENG196H1, ENG198H1, ENG199H1
Recommended Preparation: none
Breadth: Creative & Cultural Representations (1)
CR/NCR: Not eligible for CR/NCR option
Restrictions: Restricted to first-year students

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