An activist, an avant-garde of disabled dancers, and a quest: equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor.
A special film screening of the documentary, An Invitation to Dance, will be shown at Mount St. Joseph University on Tuesday, April 14, at 7-9 p.m. in the University Theatre, featuring filmmaker Christian von Tippelskirch and film writer, Simi Linton. A discussion will follow on Wednesday, April 15 at 11 a.m.-noon led by both guests.
Sponsored by the Center for Ethical Leadership, School of Education and Department of Religious and Pastoral Studies, both events are free and open to the public.
Invitation to Dance is an eye-opening insider’s account of disability in 21st century America, as it tells the story of Simi Linton, a renowned activist-scholar for disability rights. The film traces both Linton’s personal growth as a disabled woman, and the larger historically significant developments around her over the past 40 years.
In 1971, Linton was injured while hitchhiking to Washington D.C. to protest the war in Vietnam. Suddenly a young disabled college student, she confronted forms of discrimination she couldn’t have imagined before. Over time she joined forces with a vibrant disability community, and realized that political engagement, love and dance could once again be central to her life.
"This is a unique opportunity to view disability from the personal to the social perspective. The work of Simi Linton and Christian Tippelskirch make clear the challenges and benefits of confronting ableism, a responsibility that is pertinent to each of our lives,” said Kathy Hulgin, Ph.D., associate professor of education at the Mount.
A discussion, “Strategizing For Justice: A Conversation on Advocacy and Disability” will be held the following afternoon on Wednesday in the Corona Room where Tippelskirch and Linton will discuss the role of the film and other strategies for social change.