RANDOLPH, NJ -- The Legacy Project at County College of Morris (CCM) is wrapping up its 2021 programming with several noteworthy online programs. Included are an evening of reflection on the Oscar-nominated documentary “Crip Camp,” a discussion with a highly respected disability rights activist, a lecture on America in the Post-Cold War world and a recounting of a woman’s search for justice.

To register for an event, email legacy@ccm.edu, and a Zoom link will be provided. 

The upcoming Legacy Project programs are:

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A Lecture by Dr. Stuart Gottlieb, Columbia University – Tuesday, April 20, 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Stuart Gottlieb, faculty member at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and member of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, will lecture on "America in the Post-Cold War World: An Uncertain Experiment with Power.” Gottlieb is currently working on a forthcoming book titled “Experimental Power: The Rise and Role of America in World Affairs” (Yale University Press).

Journalist Sierra Crane Murdoch – Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m.

A Q&A with acclaimed journalist and writer Sierra Crane Murdoch. She will discuss her 2020 book, "Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country," named a "Notable" book by The New York Times.

An Evening of Reflection on Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution – Tuesday, April 27, 7 p.m.

A discussion on the Oscar-nominated documentary, “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution,” which features disability rights activist Judith Heumann. “Crip Camp” has been nominated for Best Documentary of the year. ASL interpreters will be present and Zoom audio-captioning will be available.

A Discussion with Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann – Thursday, April 29, 7 p.m.

Cosponsored by New Jersey AHEAD, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and CCM's Office of Accessibility Services and Commemoration Committee, the discussion features Judith Heumann, a lifelong advocate for disability rights. ASL interpreters will be present and Zoom audio-captioning will be available.

Heumann contracted polio in 1949 in Brooklyn and began to use a wheelchair for her mobility. She was denied the right to attend school because she was considered a "fire hazard." Her parents played a strong role in fighting for her rights as a child, but Heumann soon determined that she, working in collaboration with other disabled people, had to play an advocacy role due to continuous discrimination. 

She is now an internationally recognized leader in the disability rights community. She is the author of “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist,” a memoir, co-written with Kristen Joiner. 

“Judith Heumann is the personification of the Disability Rights Movement,” said Maria Schiano, MSW, Director of the Office of Accessibility Services at CCM; AHEAD Director-at-Large; and President of New Jersey AHEAD. “This discussion means everything, especially for disabled students, faculty, staff and community members. Personally, it is a dream come true and an incredible honor to share the same space with one of the greatest disability advocates, ever.”

“It is an unbelievable honor to welcome disability rights activist Judith Heumann to the Legacy Project,” said Professor John Soltes, co-chair of the Legacy Project. “She continues to change the world with her advocacy, and we are so thankful to have her part of this Legacy Project presentation."

"I am beyond ecstatic in having the opportunity to participate in Judith Heumman’s event on April 29 – for me, as I know is the case for so many others, she is a rock star,” added Laura J. Brenner-Scotti, ADA Coordinator and Assistant Director, Office of Accessibility Services at Thomas Edison State University.

Some of the CCM Legacy Project programming is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.