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Rachel Adams is a writer and Professor of English at Columbia University. She is the author of numerous academic articles and book reviews, as well as three books.  Her most recent is Raising Henry:  A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery, published by Yale University Press.  She is also the author of Sideshow U.S.A.:  Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination and Continental Divides:  Remapping the Cultures of North America (both published by the University of Chicago Press).  She is co-editor, with Benjamin Reiss and David Serlin, of Keywords for Disability Studies, published by New York University Press.  Her writing has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Salon, and the Times of London.  She also blogs for Huffington Post.




November 16, 2017 SUNY Stonybrook

December 14, 2017 Rutgers University

February 23 University of Virginia



November 3, 2017 Yale University

October 25, 2o16, English Department, Saint Louis University

October 24, 2016 Saint Louis University School of Medicine

September 2016, Columbia University Seminar on Disability Culture, and Society

February 18, 2015  The Promise and Challenge of Precision Medicine, Columbia University

April 2, 2015 New Hampshire Family Voices Conference, Manchester, NH

December 3 Manhattan Marymount College, New York

November 17 Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

October 30 Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA

October 1-2 Keywords/Key Questions Symposium, Columbia University/Barnard College, New York, NY

September 26 Yale University, New Haven, CT

August 27 seminar Center for Narrative Practice, Boston MA

June  2015 panel on Keywords for Disability Studies, Society for Disability Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA

May 20, 2015 workshop on Patient Empowerment and Subjective Wellbeing, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

April 16, 2015 Coney Island:Visions of An American Dreamland, 1861-2008, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

March 9, 2015 Zero-to-Three Network, Jewish Board, New York

January 10, 2015 Roundtable on Modernism, Feminism, and Disability, Modern Language Association Conference, Vancouver

January 10, 2015 Roundtable on The Scholar-Parent, Modern Language Association Conference, Vancouver

October 1, 2014 Lecture to Obstetrical Residents group at Hofstra North Shore LIJ, 8am

July 31, 2014 Educators Award Address, Delta Gamma Kappa Society International Convention, Indianapolis, IN

May 22, 2014 Keynote address, Occupational Therapy graduation, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York

May 16, 2014 luncheon keynote, Symposium on Aging, Dementia, and Intellectual Disabilities, Pathfinder Village, Edmeston, NY

April 28, 2014 Writing, Parenting, Advocacy Panel with Priscilla Gilman and Amy Julia Becker, YAI International Conference, New York Hilton, 1:30-2:45

April 24, 2014 Disability and Life Writing Conference, SUNY Buffalo

April 22, 2014 Lecture to Narrative Medicine Writing Group at Hofstra North Shore LIJ, 11am

April 4, 2014 Reading at NYU Council on Disability, 726 Broadway, Room 542, 12-2:30pm

March 29, 2014 Keynote Address, “Undoing Health” conference, Indiana University

March 26, 2014 Disability Transitions Conference, Temple University, 12:30-4pm

March 18, 2014 UC Berkeley Department of English, 5:10pm

March 8, 2014 Down Syndrome Association of Delaware Annual Dinner, 7pm, Wilmington, DE

February 26, 2014 Reading at Villanova University, 4pm

February 25, 2014 Reading at University of Pennsylvania, 5pm

January 10, 2014 Reading at Women and Children First bookstore, 5233 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL, 7:30pm

October 30, 2013 Reading at Book Culture (introduced by Marie Myong-Ok Lee), 536 112th St., New York, 10025, 7-9pm

November 6, 2013 Reading, Narrative Medicine Rounds, Columbia University Medical Center Faculty Club, 5-7pm

November 17, 2013 Book Discussion, GiGi’s Playhouse Down syndrome Awareness Center, 106 W. 117th St., New York, 20026

November 21, 2013 “Genetic Disability and the Nature-Nurture Divide,” American Studies Association Conference, Washington DC



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