Core Readings

In advance of the 2022 Institute, scholars will receive a copy of each of the core readings and films. The materials should be covered in advance of the Institute and will be used in the Institute. The core readings for 2022 are under construction.

Here's what the 2021 Institute Scholars read in advance.

To be read in advance

The Secret Life of Stories By Michael Berube (Bookcover)
Michael Bérubé (2016)


The Secret Life of Stories

This book reveals the ways in which stories inform K-12 student identities. Bérubé offers a compelling account of how understanding intellectual disability can transform the understanding of stories. He provides a new and startling way of thinking, asking questions, and the experience of reading. Bérubé uses stories familiar to K-12 teachers and students: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Sound and the Fury, The Giver, and more. On day two he guides Institute Scholars in analyzing and using stories in the K-12 curriculum to explore identity and what it means to be human.

Representing Disability Essays on Mass Media by Beth A. Haller (Bookcover)
Dr. Beth Haller (2010)

Representing Disability in an Ableist World

This book is the results of Beth Haller's 20 years of research into disability and mass media's representations of disability. Haller references contemporary television shows most K-12 students watch, for example, South Park, Speechless, and Family Guy. Haller's methodology is well articulated, offering K-12 teachers ideas for analyzing the media their students see and hear. Haller will guide Institute Scholars in analyzing disability and identity as represented in the media commonly viewed by K-12 students, including children's magazine, news sources, youtube, etc.

A Disability History of the United States, by Dr. Kim Nielson (Bookcover)
Dr. Kim Nielsen (2013)

A Disability History of the United States

Disability tends to be invisible in historical accounts or historical memory. This is the first book to place the experiences of people with disabilities at the center of the American history. Kim Nielsen illustrates how concepts of disability have shaped the American experience. The book reinterprets how we view our nation's past: from a stifling master narrative to a shared history that includes us all. Nielsen will engage Institute Scholars in analyzing identity in primary sources, particularly useful online resources for K-12 history teachers.

Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability By Robert McRuer
Dr. Robert McRuer (2013)

Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability

Crip Theory was the first book to analyze thoroughly the ways in which disability studies and queer theory intersect. McRuer examines how dominant and marginal bodies are composed, and considers the vibrant ways that disability and queerness unsettle and re-write those identities in order to insist that another world is possible. K-12 students have intersectional identities. Using Crip Theory, Dr. McRuer will teach Institute Scholars how to analyze intersectional identities in primary sources and the K-12 curriculum.