Co-sponsored by PSU English and the CoLab, Intersectionality Talks is a new digital speaker series at Plymouth State University that features intersectional work on literature and culture. The program seeks to provide an interdisciplinary audience and platform for engaged, public-facing work from early career scholars and an opportunity to foster conversations at PSU about new research on social justice and equity.
Helen Rottier, MS
Doctoral Candidate, Disability Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago
5:00-6:00, Tuesday, September 22nd
Helen Rottier, MS is a third-year doctoral student in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a graduate research assistant with the Institute on Disability and Human Development and a collaborating researcher with the Gernsbacher Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research spans academic access and ableism, the experiences of autistic and neurodivergent academics, autistic knowledge production, the intersection of autism and gender, and the rhetoric of online disability and autistic communities. Helen has a BS in Psychology and Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS in Disability and Human Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her thesis explored facilitators and barriers to autistic students’ experiences in higher education, and her dissertation proposes to evaluate group co-mentorship and peer support for autistic college students in the Chicago area. Helen is the oldest of five children, an avid Twitter user (@helenrottier), and a fan of Diet Coke and General Hospital.
Justin P. Shaw, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of English
5:00-6:00, Tuesday, October 20th
Justin P. Shaw is a literary and cultural critic who specializes in early modern (16th and 17th Century) English literature. He teaches about and researches the intersections of race, emotions, disability, and medicine in early modern literature. His book project, tentatively titled, “White Tears: Race and Melancholy on the Early Modern English Stage,” examines how melancholic attribution influences the emergence of racial categories in the early modern period. Committed to both public and traditional scholarship, his work appears in the peer-reviewed journal Early Theatre, in the forthcoming critical volume, White People in Shakespeare, and has been discussed on NPR and podcasts. He has consulted on exhibits for the Michael C. Carlos Museum such as, Desire & Consumption: The New World in the Age of Shakespeare and First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, and has re-developed the massive digital humanities project, Shakespeare and the Players (https://shakespeare.emory.edu). Shaw recently earned his PhD in English from Emory University, an MA from the University of Houston, and a BA from Morehouse College. He regularly gives lectures about his work, his pedagogy, and about how to better understand the complexity of race in both Shakespeare and our own world. Professor Shaw’s upcoming courses include “Working My Nerves: Emotions in the Renaissance,” “Seeing Race and Disability in Medieval Literature,” and a rotating variety of quirky Shakespeare courses.