Lecture by Dr. Sharon Betcher: Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop: From “Disability” to a Theology of Social Flesh in a World of Becoming. Hosted by the Center for Practical Theology

6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 5, 2013
7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 5, 2013
STH B-19
Despite difference being everywhere in a postmodern world, “disability” remains like a mote caught in the eye. Yet in a world of becoming, of “endless forms most beautiful and wonderful” (Darwin), wherein “disability” would be but variation, why would we continue to hold this view? What does this apparent psychological refusal prevent us from seeing in terms of metaphysics, ethics, theology and spirituality? Disability, this lecture asserts, names the location of existential resentment; it names a judgment against life that must be resolved if we are today—when even waking anxiety begins to assess “the inheritance of loss” (Desai)--to “believe in the world” (Deleuze) Dr. Sharon Betcher, March 5, 6-7:30pm Theologian Dr. Betcher is at the forefront of re-framing theological conceptions about disabilities. She is the author of Spirit and the Politics of Disablement (Fortress, 2007), and she has a new book coming out with Fordham University Press this spring.