Video documentation from the symposium is now available on YouTube [LINK]

Neurodiversity In Action
An Interdisciplinary Symposium at Brown University
Thurs. May 2 – Fri. May 3, 2019

Neurodiversity In Action was an interdisciplinary symposium exploring the emerging concepts of neurodiversity and neurodivergence, terms first developed by autistic self-advocates and activists in the late 1990s but that are increasingly gaining traction in a variety of fields. The symposium considered how the concept of neurodiversity is being put into action — through various experiments in art, performance, scholarship, activism, and pedagogy — taking our cue from recent attention to the textures and temporalities of neurodivergence as a distinctive mode of acting, being, and world-making.

Featured events included keynote presentations by Melanie Yergeau and Lydia X. Z. Brown; readings by Cyree Jarelle Johnson and Hamja Ahsan; panel discussions about disability justice and neurodiversity on campus; and the world-premiere reading of a new play developed by Spectrum Theatre Ensemble, a neurodiverse theatre company based in Providence. 





Leeds Theatre
Catherine Bryan Dill Center for the Performing Arts
Brown University
83 Waterman Street
Providence, RI 02912

The organizers of this symposium are committed to creating an event that prioritizes physical, intellectual, and sensory accessibility. For more information, visit our Accessibility page. 

This symposium is being organized in conjunction with Neurodiversity: Science, Politics, Culture, a seminar taught by Professor Leon J. Hilton through
the Cogut Institute for the Humanities at Brown University.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation for Adult Autism, Cogut Humanities Initiative, Brown Arts Initiative, Pembroke Center Faculty Seed Grant Program, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Office of  Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS), and Division of Campus Life.