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New humanities podcast: ‘Disability and the Human Experience’

Susanne Bruyère

People with disabilities are a significant part of the world’s population – 15 percent or fully one billion people. Susanne Bruyère spotlights the value of our many diverse ways of being human in “Disability and the Human Experience,” the new episode in the “What Makes Us Human?” podcast series.

“What Makes Us Human?” from the College of Arts and Sciences, showcases the newest thinking from across the disciplines about what it means to be human in the 21st century. Featuring 3-4 minute audio essays written and recorded by Cornell faculty, the series releases a new episode each Tuesday through the fall.

“Disability is an experience that permeates the human condition and is integral to the human experience,” says Bruyere, director of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability and professor of disability studies. “But people with disabilities are often seen as ‘different from’ the norm of what it means to be human, and as a result are marginalized in their societies.”

“What Makes Us Human” podcasts are available for download on iTunes and SoundCloud and for streaming at, where text versions of the essays are also posted.

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