The Hiram College Center for Literature and Medicine and the Department of Psychology will screen “Deej,”a documentary about autism and inclusion at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9, in the Kennedy Center Ballroom. The guest speaker will be the subject of the film, DJ “Deej” Savarese. Joining DJ for a panel discussion following the film will be Dobromir Gospodinov ’12, Beth Thompson ’04, MSSA, LSW, Program Director of Milestones Autism Resources, and Wendy Duke, founder and co-director of the Center for Applied Drama and Autism. This event is free and open to the public.
The film tells the story of DJ “Deej” Savarese, a gifted young writer and advocate for nonspeaking autistics. Once a profoundly disabled foster child on a fast track to nowhere, DJ dreams of college and insists on standing up for his peers: people who are dismissed as incompetent because they have neurological differences. In this first-of-a-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking autistic, director Robert Rooy and DJ share editorial control as they navigate the challenges of representing autism.
The screening at Hiram College is part of the Deej Inclusion Tour, a series of more than 50 campus and community screenings across the United States. The goal of the tour is to promote inclusion – in families, schools, and communities – of all neuro-divergent people, especially nonspeaking autistics. The tour and screenings will also raise awareness for the film’s broadcast premiere on America ReFramed at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct.17, on the PBS World Channel (check local listings).
For more information visit the Deej website: www.deejmovie.com/news.
Lecture and workshop by Dr. Shelley Wall
On Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 27 and 28, the Hiram College Center for Literature and Medicine will present two lectures and workshops by Shelley Wall, MSc, BMC, PhD, CMI, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Communications Program, Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto.
On Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Ballroom, Dr. Wall will present a lecture and workshop on Medical Illustration and the Language of Comics. On Sept. 28 at noon in the Pritchard Room of the Hiram College Library, Dr. Wall will present a lecture and workshop on Exploring Point-of-View in Graphic Medicine. Both lectures are free and open to the public.
For more information about the Deej local screening and lectures and workshops by Dr. Wall, contact Brittany Jackson at JacksonB1@hirma.edu or 330-569-5380.