Video  Rachel Adams

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind tells stories that bind his first bestseller, A Hope in the Unseen, to his latest one, Life, Animated, a startling portrait of his son's 20-year battle with autism. The two books, fifteen years apart, are tough-minded, densely-reported works that accord dignity to society's outcasts, showing how they can rise to meet their fullest promise. Mr. Suskind will describe how both books harnessed narrative to drive social change.

As part of The Disciplines Series: Evaluation, Value, and Evidence, authors Alison Piepmeier, George Estreich, and Rachel Adams take up many of the questions raised in our November 2013 event on "Genes, Children, and Ethics" (featuring Michael Berube, Faye Ginsberg, and Rayna Rapp) in their discussion of "Parenting, Narrative, and Our Genetic Futures." Elizabeth Emens chairs.

Rayna Rapp, Faye Ginsberg, and Michael Bérubé discuss innovations in special education in NYC and genetic expression of Down syndrome. Rachel Adams chairs the talk.

A discussion on "Keywords: Toward a Critical Vocabulary of Disability Studies."