SHIPPENSBURG — A presentation on disability as told in the “Wizard of Oz” series by L. Frank Baum will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in Old Main Chapel at Shippensburg University.
The program, “If I Only Had a Brain: Disability & Difference in the Oz Narratives,” is free and open to the public. It will feature Joshua R. Eyler, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University.
Eyler’s talk will examine Baum’s fiction about the land of Oz and the literary and cinematic legacies of this Oz mythology, using the lens of disability studies. Although disability is not the first thing that comes to mind when reading the Oz narratives, disability unquestionably and powerfully appears as a thematic current running throughout the tradition. The talk will explore how each text within the tradition picks up the theme anew to construct its own particular meaning.
The presentation is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English and the disability studies programs.