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The second annual lecture series kicks off on Tuesday September 29 with a workshop with artist and activist Dr. Eliza Chandler.

Means of Production Workshop Seriesat Ryerson University, a project of The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought, presents an interactive lecture with Dr. Eliza Chandler. From “Elephant Man” to “The Theory of Everything”, Hollywood cinema often presents disabled subjects as either pitiable or inspiring. Art and media by disabled people themselves tells a different story. Dr. Chandler will discuss her work about the development of disability arts in Canada and will share skills in the technique of digital storytelling. The event is FREE.

Earning her PhD from the Social Justice and Education department at OISE/UT, Eliza Chandler is a post-doctoral fellow at Ryerson University’s School of Disability Studies. She is the Artistic Director at Tangled Art + Disability, an organization in Toronto dedicated to the cultivation of disability arts. Chandler is also the president of the Canadian Disability Studies Association and is the co-director of the disability arts community group Project Creative Users.

Means of Production Speakers’ Series will continue from September – November 2015. Upcoming speakers include contemporary interdisciplinary artist Deanna Bowen (Invisible Empires) and Dr. Raven Sinclair (an expert on the 60s scoop). The Speakers’ Series is a free event that encourages open dialogue and invites the public to look critically at the global mediascape and investigate power and privilege in society.