NOVEMBER 23, 2017 - Book Launch - Disabling Barriers: Social Movements, Disability History and the Law

Book Launch - Disabling Barriers | Ravi Malhotra et al.

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre and UBC Press are pleased to invite you to the book launch:

Disabling Barriers: Social Movements, Disability History and the Law

This UBC Press collection brings together legal scholars, historians and disability studies academics.
This book was edited by Ravi Malhotra and Benjamin Isitt.

Thursday, November 23, 2017
4 to 6 p.m.
Fauteux Hall, FTX570
(57 Louis Pasteur, uOttawa)

All are welcome.
This event will be in English.
Light refreshments will be served.

*Advance copies of the paperback will be available for sale at the launch only. The official release is April 15, 2018.


  • Ravi MALHOTRA | Co-editor of the book, Full Professor, Common Law Section, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
  • Benjamin ISITT | Co-editor of the book

Benjamin Isitt has published two monographs, From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada's Siberian Expedition, 1917-19 (2010) and Militant Minority: British Columbia Workers and the Rise of a New Left, 1948-1972 (2011). His research on labour and the left in British Columbia has also appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the Canadian Historical Review, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, BC Studies, Labour/Le Travail, and International Labor and Working-Class History. Isitt's research has been recognized with several SSHRC grants and by the Labor and Working-Class History Association, an international professional association, which awarded him its Best Graduate Research Award.

  • Bryan D. PALMER

Bryan D. Palmer is the author/editor of more than twenty books and currently serves as an editor of Labour/Le Travail. He writes, as well, for a number of magazines and journals, including Jacobin, Canadian Dimension and the Socialist Register. His most recent books are Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers' Strikes of 1934 (2013); Marxism and Historical Practice, volume 1: Interpretive Essays on Class Formation and Class Struggle and volume 2: Interventions and Appreciations (2015); and he coauthored Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History (2016).

  • Dustin GALER

Dustin Galer received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Toronto. His book, Working toward Equity: Disability Rights Activism and Employment in Late Twentieth Century Canada (2018) explores the relationship between disability and work and documents the history of the disability rights movement in Canadad. Galer completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University. He currently serves as a collaborator at the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy. Galer founded MyHistorian, a personal history services company, where he works to preserve the oral histories of individuals and organizations.

  • Odelia R. BAY

Odelia R. Bay is a doctoral student at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and holds a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela. She has taught at the University of Victoria's Faculty of Law in the area of labour law, statutory interpretation, and antidiscrimination theory. She completed her LLM at Columbia Law School, where she studied comparative antidiscrimination law and was a graduate student fellow with the Future of Disability Studies project. She is also a graduate of the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section.

  • Megan A. RUSCIANO

Megan A. Rusciano received JD degrees from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and American University Washington College of Law and has been admitted to the Maryland Bar. She has published on topics ranging from the forcible medication of people with psychosocial disabilities to equal access to information and communications technology by people with disabilities. She interned at The Arc of the United States, the United States Department of Justice, and West End Legal Services of Ottawa. Currently she works as a client advocate for people with disabilities at the Arc of Northern Virginia.

*The Human Rights Research and Education Centre may take pictures at this event for use on the website.

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