Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place in Leeds Theatre and Lobby located at 83 Waterman St.

Thursday, May 2
3:00 – 4:00 pm Registration
“Possible Birds:
A Community Art Exhibition”
Exhibit opening and walk-through with artists
Leeds Theatre Lobby

The idea for “Possible Birds: A Community Art Exhibition” emerged from our class discussions about how to create an intellectually accessible space, one that expands past institutionally recognizable modes of language and speech. We circulated a Call for Art and were lucky to receive submissions of artwork from within and beyond the Brown community. This work will be on view in the Leeds Theatre Lobby and Breezeway area for the duration of the symposium.
4:00 – 5:15 pm Symposium Welcome and Keynote 1:
Melanie Yergeau
5:30 – 6:45 pm                Experiments in Writing Neurodivergence:
Hamja Ahsan & Cyree Jarelle Johnson
6:45 – 7:30 pm Reception with light refreshments
Leeds Theatre Lobby
Friday, May 3
10:00 – 11:00 am  Registration
Leeds Theatre Lobby
Coffee and breakfast snacks provided
11:00 am – 12:15 pm  Welcome and Keynote 2: Lydia X. Z. Brown
12:15 – 1:30 pm    Lunch break (on your own)
1:30 – 2:45 pm

Panel/Discussion: Neurodiversity and Disability Justice on Campus

Yema Yang (Disability Justice at Brown)
Shivani Nishar (Project LETS)
Yvonne Federowicz (Brown University Library)
Alyssa Hillary Zisk (University of Rhode Island)
Moderated by Lilly Larson

 2:45 – 3:15 pm Break, refreshments available in Leeds Theatre Lobby
3:15 – 4:30 pm 

Panel: Neurodiversity, Intersectionality, and Crip-of-Color Critique

Jina B. Kim (Smith College)
Diana Paulin (Trinity College)
Nic John Ramos (Brown University)
Moderated by Leon J. Hilton (Brown University)
Respondent: Sebastián Castro Niculescu

5:00-7:00 PM Zines for the Neurodivergent Resistance:
A Zine-Making Workshop with Hamja AhsanLocation: Lyman Hall Room 007
This informal workshop with Hamja Ahsan will offer participants the chance to build their own zines while learning about radical publishing in the context of neurodivergent resistance. Pizza provided (while it lasts!)
7:30 – 9:30 pm                  Spectrum Theatre Ensemble presents a staged reading of
The Importance of Being…A Play in Earnest
by Jeremy J. Kamps
developed by Spectrum Theatre EnsembleClick here to reserve free ticketsDirector: Clay B. Martin
Assistant Director: Madison Weinhoffer
Stage Manager: Troy T. Battle
Assistant Stage Manager: Katherine Niedzwiadek
The Importance of Being…A Play in Earnest follows a neurodiverse family through a time of change and growth. As Nile prepares for his wedding and dissertation defense, he is thrust into the responsibility of caregiver for his brother Graham and sister Whitney, who are both on the Autism Spectrum. As Nile struggles with his role, his fiancé Cassandra, tries to help bridge the growing tensions in a family that are all trying to find their place in the world.