The Usdan University Center at Wesleyan University is a focal point of activity and central programming space for the campus community.  It provides a comfortable gathering place for students, staff, faculty, alumni and visitors and plays a significant role in enhancing the sense of community on campus. Programs in the Usdan Center foster the intellectual exchange between students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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Event Calendar

Nov 19

Center for Humanities: Monday Night Lecture Series

06:00 pm

Christina Crosby, Wesleyan Skin, Touching, Skin: Disability, Touch, and Radical Interdependence What can we learn from thinking about bodies imperfect and undone? In the field of disability studies, bodies are distinguished by brilliant imperfections (Eli Clare)that wrongly lead to social disablement and exclusion from public life, injuring those so disabled and impoverishing our understanding of human being. Many disabled people living with significant impairments need daily help with basic functions, as I do. Perhaps the touch of care that so many bodies require can recall us to the radical interdependence of us all. Touching makes for universalityno person can live through infancy without itand touching is a connection across the spaces between irreducibly singular human beings. In this sense, touching is both a ground of universal interdependence and an act that confirms the inadequacy of any idea of universal human being. I consider these matters by thinking first about the complexities of skin as both organ and idea, then turn to the unsettling excitations of sexual touch. I close by briefly thinking about how Maggie Nelson's decidedly queer artistic practice demonstrates the complexities of embodied life at the limits of analytic understanding.

Center for Humanities: Monday Night Lecture Series

06:00 pm

Christina Crosby, Wesleyan Skin, Touching, Skin: Disability, Touch, and Radical Interdependence What can we learn from thinking about bodies imperfect and undone? In the field of disability studies, bodies are distinguished by brilliant imperfections (Eli Clare)that wrongly lead to social disablement and exclusion from public life, injuring those so disabled and impoverishing our understanding of human being. Many disabled people living with significant impairments need daily help with basic functions, as I do. Perhaps the touch of care that so many bodies require can recall us to the radical interdependence of us all. Touching makes for universalityno person can live through infancy without itand touching is a connection across the spaces between irreducibly singular human beings. In this sense, touching is both a ground of universal interdependence and an act that confirms the inadequacy of any idea of universal human being. I consider these matters by thinking first about the complexities of skin as both organ and idea, then turn to the unsettling excitations of sexual touch. I close by briefly thinking about how Maggie Nelson's decidedly queer artistic practice demonstrates the complexities of embodied life at the limits of analytic understanding.