Alex Massie

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I'm indebted to Nathan Origer for drawing my attention to a fascinating event at the University of Maryland:

Subject : Provost’s Conversation: “Re-presenting Disability: Million Dollar Baby, Tropic Thunder and Anti-National Sexual Positions”

When : Monday, October 06, 2008 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Where : Stamp Student Union : Charles Carroll Room

Event Type(s) : Lecture

A Conversation with Robert McRuer,

Professor of English, George Washington University

This talk examines a few of the films that have sustained intense criticism from disability activists and theorists over the past few years. Reading these films within a queer theoretical perspective and through the cultural logic of neoliberalism, McRuer affirms and extends the immeasurable value of an increasingly global — and at times daringly anti-national — disability movement.

Lunch will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the President’s Commission on Disability Issues.

I confess that I have no idea what relevance the "cultural logic of neoliberalism" has in terms of its relationship with Million Dollar Baby (not a movie obviously in thrall to the Washington Consensus?). Nor, shamefully, do I have any idea what might constitute an "anti-national sexual position". (Then again, even Google isn't much help here). Perhaps readers can enlighten me?

I'm glad lunch was served, however.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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