The Social Justice Book and Lecture Series brings to campus thought leaders in various fields from across the country to explore issues of social justice.


Series objectives

  • Foster a sense of community on our campus through shared literature and relevant dialogue.
  • Prompt participants to think critically about the historical context of social justice issues while focusing on the interdisciplinary thought and leadership skills necessary for solving current social justice challenges.
  • Provide a platform for further reflection, dialogue and action within our campus and greater communities through related coursework, gatherings and exposure to local, regional and national social justice projects and initiatives.

The UMKC General Education Curriculum, as well as many other courses on campus that challenge students to examine their views and values while considering personal, political, economic, environmental and social concerns, are enhanced through Social Justice Book and Lecture Series content.

The Social Justice Book Lecture Series is a part of Social Justice Month! For more details about the month of events  Visit our Social Justice Month page. 

Upcoming Speaker

Headshot of Dr. Kim Nielsen

Dr. Kim Nielsen - 6pm on October 20, 2022, in the Student Union Theater - Room 103

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Registrants - Click here to access Livestream on October 20th, at 6 pm Central Time

Historian, Disability Studies scholar, and Distinguished Professor, Kim Nielsen joins us on campus for the Social Justice Book Lecture, featuring her book A Disability History of the United States. Registration is required for this free event. 

Dr. Kim Nielsen is a Distinguished University Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo. There she teaches courses on disability history, gender, eugenics, and law; and at home raises flowers, tries not to let her cats dominate the household, and enjoys knitting.

Nielsen is the author of the widely used “A Disability History of the United States,” multiple other books and articles, and co-editor of the award-winning “Oxford Handbook of Disability History.” Her most recent book, “Money, Marriage, and Madness: The Life of Anna Ott,” analyzes a mid-19th century physician incarcerated for two decades at a Wisconsin insane asylum.

In addition, Nielsen has received two Fulbright appointments, numerous scholarly prizes, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. She speaks widely on disability history and disability justice. 

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