Hiram College


Students and faculty will come together to discuss issues relating to this year’s ethics theme, Disability and Ability, at the Annual Ethics Teach-In, Sept. 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall.

The Teach-In began in 2001 in response to the 9/11 attacks, as a way for students to respond to and talk about the crisis. Over the years, it has evolved into a format that fosters semi-formal engagement with the ethics theme throughout the whole curriculum.

The Ethics Teach-In is a true example of interdisciplinary learning at HIram College. This year’s teach-in involves 16 faculty members co-teaching eight separate discussions on a range of disability- and ability- related subjects including the phenomenon of genius, disability in televised sports and the challenges that new reproductive technologies will present to prospective parents.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • “The Burden of Genius” – Donald Fleming and Paul Gaffney
  • “Making 21st Century Babies: How new reproductive technologies will revolutionize our kids” – Cara Constance and Nick Hirsch
  • “Can You Judge a Book by Its Cover?: The Portrayal of Disabilities in Children’s Literature” – Elizabeth Piatt and Jennifer McCreight
  • “Defying Gravity: Working Together to Transcend Labels” – Nancy Sauline and Michelle Nario-Redmond
  •  “Disability and Dogs” – Emily McClung and Carol Shreiner
  • “(Dis)ability in Televised Sport: The Agenda-Setting Role of Mass Media” – Audrey Cunningham
  • “Deaf People Can Do Anything But Hear. What Is The ADA And How Has It Affected People Who Are Deaf?” – Kimberly Bass and Dee West

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