Berkeley Talks: Bess Williamson on the historical past of disability and design

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Bess Williamson, Associate Professor of Theory and Criticism of Art History at the School of Art Institute in Chicago, is the author of Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design. (Courtesy photo by Bess Williamson)

In this episode of Berkeley Talks, Bess Williamson, Associate Professor of Art History Theory and Criticism at the Chicago School of Art Institute and author of Accessible America, examines the history of design and its response to disability rights from the end of World War II to the present day.

This talk was part of the Design Conversations series at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley. In this semester, the institute continues its topic: For whom? By whom? Drafts for affiliation with lectures focusing on accessibility, inclusion, and equity in terms of design and technology.

Watch a video of Williamson’s presentation and then read a Q&A with Williamson on the Jacobs Institute website.

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