American Telethons, 1966-2016: Disabled People to the Rescue
Paul Longmore’s Telethons: Spectacle, Disability, and the Business of Charity proved a bold claim that the scholar-activist had been making until he died unexpectedly in 2010: the nondisabled businessmen, entertainers, and national charities that ran the telethons needed disabled people more than people with disabilities needed them. Longmore used the phenomenon of telethons - largely overlooked as kitschy and insignificant - to dive deeply into major forces in US history: big business, media, philanthropy, healthcare, and much more. Catherine Kudlick, who brought the book to completion, will discuss its revolutionary ideas and the complex emotions involved in finishing the work of another.
After two decades at the University of California, Davis, Kudlick became Professor of History and Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University in 2012. She has published a number of books and articles in disability history. As director of the Longmore Institute, she oversaw the public history exhibit “Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights.”
This event is cosponsored by the UB Center for Disability Studies and the Humanities Institute Disability Studies Research Workshop
Michael Rembis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History
Director, Center for Disability Studies
University at Buffalo
Department of History
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