The Winona State University Inclusion and Diversity office will host guest speaker Philip Ferguson, Ph.D., for the presentation “Getting Access: Expanding Notions of Accessibility to All Dimensions of Campus Life” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the East Hall of Kryzsko Commons.

The presentation will explore multiple dimensions of accessibility and how all contribute to the overall wellness of individuals and society.

Ferguson is a professor in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University in California. He is author of the book “Abandoned to Their Fate: Social Policy and Practice Toward Severely Disabled People, 1820-1920,” and the review “Mapping the Family: Disability Studies and the Exploration of the Parental Response to Disability.” He is a past president of the Society for Disability Studies, and his current research focuses on the history of special education in the early 20­th century.

The event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by WSU Rochester, WSU Winona, WSU College of Education, Southeast Technical College, and Anoka Ramsey Community College.

For more information, contact Alex Hines at 507-457-5595, email:

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