Reception to follow in SLS Russo Commons - Student Law Lounge
Haben Girma, a Bay Area native and the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, has earned accolades for her work as a disability rights advocate and activist. She has been listed in Forbes’ 30 Under 30, received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, and was named a White House Champion of Change by President Obama. Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law describes the complex history and joy of her Eritrean immigrant heritage next to her struggles with the bureaucracy of an American school system. She demonstrates an early and stubborn dedication to feminist ideals while adopting new technologies to facilitate her independence and autonomy. And through it all, Haben’s warm, funny, optimistic voice is emphatic on these points: that inclusion is a choice; that disability is an opportunity for innovation; that in using innovation we can unlock pools of talent from an oft-overlooked community; and that personal stories can reframe difference as a powerful asset. Haben will be interviewed by Dr. Lindsey Felt, a Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University.
4 PM Conversaton, 5 PM Book Signing and Reception. ASL Interpreted, Open Captions, Wheelchair Access. Books will be available for purchase at the event.