After losing his right leg in 2017, Tom learned firsthand that the world is not built for people with disabilities. This bitter truth results in a particular kind of despair and loneliness that people with disabilities face, one that can either be alleviated or complicated by the way disabilities are portrayed in dominant culture.
From Marvel’s noble Professor X to Shakespeare’s villainous Richard III, the images around us inevitably influence the ways we conceive of disability. Join writer Tom Keogh as he explores mainstream depictions of disability to bring critical perspective to how prejudices, myths, and even enlightened ideals inform the ways we think about and engage with the people around us.
Tom Keogh (he/him) is a career journalist who writes for the Seattle Times, Crosscut, Symphony, and several other publications. He is a previous member of Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau program, touring the state with a talk about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes.
Keogh lives in Seattle.
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