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bess williamson @besswww Chicago, IL, US

professor/scholar of design & history. Author of Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design (2019). she/her pronouns

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Joined Twitter 6/11/09


@kaufmann_buhler I used to draw links between postmodern design and star wars vis a vis futuristic fantasies and a… https://t.co/c0eOTxj6xA @ablerism And I only have one kid! I'd say good luck but I don't think that's quite the sentiment... @ablerism Checks out, 3 weeks in here @DisabilityStor1 So sorry. All my best to you ♥️ @syardi Oh wow. Wtf @histoftech Oh god so sorry
9/24
2020
@s_sullivan awww did it go ok? Hard thing for the littles. But it's over fast I hope? Were you guys exposed or just a precautionary test? @aufjedenfall Well, you can join my parents, who love that Tuscan bread. I am not convinced by TJs bread in general… https://t.co/8sGXDdqd6X @aufjedenfall someone once told me all TJs food has 5 words in the name, which is not true, but it's close to true? @aufjedenfall I used to prefer Just Mangoes (drier) but I was swayed by the cheaper sweet (maybe soft sweet?) mango… https://t.co/fOf4vzyBrY @aufjedenfall completely agree on the zhoug.. reminds me to get some other 10/10s for me are bibimbop (obvs nothin… https://t.co/socy87jiRO @KLHWells You'd better wipe your feet on the properly textured mat! (Doubt you are reading this section but a recen… https://t.co/2gvJu2q2rfFor as much time as they have spent intervening in black communities around the world, IDEO has not Tweeted about r… https://t.co/q4TsHf7yBP
Retweeted by bess williamsonOn Saturday afternoon, Chicago police attacked a small group who had gathered to protest ongoing femicides in Mexic… https://t.co/XIlCvhRbRN
Retweeted by bess williamson @shanfinnegan @KeysWalletPh0ne me too. it's totally my work treat to accomplish this small thing row by row. @DisabilityStor1 Wow! 🥳https://t.co/d5D3AXc2T4
Retweeted by bess williamsonHere's your sexist-racist tech reading list https://t.co/WGyHaLDRpr @profgabrielle Definitely doesn't do everything but encouraging the use of chat has helped me feel less alonePLEASE partake in the open access (see: FREE.99) version of Distributed Blackness, thanks to the efforts of ⁦… https://t.co/DOwx8vVN2y
Retweeted by bess williamsonArnold Kemp to Fred Wilson at SAIC's artist talk series.. "what do you mean when you say you love museums?" FW: "th… https://t.co/5gOT3UIiQT @LangeAlexandra I've never gotten so many emails!
9/23
2020
@artstuffmatters Also IDK if it's as clear as it should be that Gun Sense is pro gun control. I have a red state fa… https://t.co/RoFBthy2Zj @artstuffmatters ha. it's not! No endorsement or non-endorsement implied. Just something I was meaning to do and th… https://t.co/TIWhAE2IqBA good way to check to be sure you are registered to vote (operated by Gun Sense Voting but does not require you to… https://t.co/JVqgGLHjehSo far this online fashion history/studies conference is AMAZING. really incredible cross-section of makers, schola… https://t.co/MmVIbC0yVq @s_sullivan @adornofangirl Prep them as you do for shots - distract, count down, whatever. Also prepare that you mi… https://t.co/I4eKOqEdxi @allergyPhD my 5 year old did it. you (not YOU danya) can do it. @s_sullivan @TJBreen I also think we were younger and more open (chronologically younger and also internet-years yo… https://t.co/meDxRLLJAK @Sarcher A friend wrote on closet organizing for a dissertation but never published afaik
9/22
2020
@craigimann @merylalper I SO wanted to do this and commission someone for my cover out of my own pocket. Press rejected the idea.also love having a discussion where some are talking, others are in the chat. I can't follow it all and that can be… https://t.co/IPZ2vQWX7Qjust as many of us (cough) attend class without actually preparing, here they are participating without showing up.… https://t.co/cqOyHOS6zgit's awesome to see them making this choice (some of course, do all 3 likely out of some sense of duty/ticking the… https://t.co/kYgGbcHDjsI gave students the choice in my online classes to do 2 of 3 things - post on discussion board about readings, post… https://t.co/GNaInbLkcr @merylalper my experience with 50+ illustrations (& in the other book, a cover) that required permissions and fees,… https://t.co/YxIPyGWJr0This collective makes protest-related media accessible: they've done an astounding amount of work in their short ex… https://t.co/Qp2DU2SCvY
Retweeted by bess williamson @katta_spiel Jacobs new dress & Julian is a mermaid are both books that my 5 year old has liked.
9/21
2020
@JennieFurness @doree you're missing one step of your analysis in which the options available condition consumer ta… https://t.co/97Jm6DAnV5 @aufjedenfall So 2020So Colin posts a thread about racist facial detection algos on Zoom & his thread unearths ANOTHER layer of racist f… https://t.co/qbpqjFWvgw
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9/20
2020
I recorded a lecture on the Panopticon on Panopto, and the autocaptioning keeps recognizing "the Panopticon" as "the Panopto con." @s_sullivan Eh, I have a hard time seeing why life terms are necessary or democratic
9/19
2020
may this stark news radicalize us all to think FIRST in any emergency/crisis of what is happening to disabled peopl… https://t.co/lcHh4g7YHo @s_sullivan my local pret (nearly all Chicago prets) closed and... Chick Fil A opened in a formerly fancy restauran… https://t.co/wSqxPJwUcf @kaufmann_buhler @tokeriis @internetarchive My favorite mini book folding technique! This is a great idea for a off screen assignment tooOur statement on today’s White House History Conference: What the actual fuck.*
Retweeted by bess williamsonThe @FordFoundation is hiring for a new U.S. #Disability Rights Program Officer, someone who would strengthen the p… https://t.co/ufKKEJLMxi
Retweeted by bess williamson @kaufmann_buhler What is it???"Inaccessibility is a form of voter suppression." -@SFdirewolf in @TeenVogue https://t.co/AvaeiUaaFS
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9/18
2020
Did you know the @DisabilityHistr blog #AllOfUs is posting celebratory & critiques on the 30th anniversary of the A… https://t.co/MDrGBW4yl2
Retweeted by bess williamsona high school teacher friend was asking me is guidance out there for modified versions of the Cornell note taking s… https://t.co/TQszkOSUlc @bschillace @DisabilityStor1 @MatthewBorus if you know someone looking for some woekToday, in class, I challenged my professor, Dr. Paul Krugman, about his 9/11 tweet regarding Islamaphobia, and the… https://t.co/3d0Q5cc2es
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9/17
2020
btw this was organized by #NOMAS (natl org of minority architecture students) chapter - & drew connections between… https://t.co/eFhzTkwNn1as many colleagues have noted, there are a lot of these "diversity" panels/series going on in design schools. But i… https://t.co/yqvMdI8DiQthis was a great program because it was part of a student-driven "Spatial Equity" series driven by 2020 activism. W… https://t.co/zKiM1Yvhx6 @KeysWalletPh0ne @merylalper @AimiHamraie jinx @merylalper @AimiHamraie @KeysWalletPh0ne I think it was just an internal architecture dept thing, but you were non… https://t.co/mOOefa8sZPHi academic publishers! Blind scholar here! I'd really love an audio book version of your books! Do you know how mu… https://t.co/JUMVf90FYT
Retweeted by bess williamson @elizejackson @lldiedrich I mean, I see the ableism of bounding down the steps. But if JFK made it ok for men to no… https://t.co/Z5PvdkuPGP @lldiedrich Do you think the jacket and boots are a melania anti-reference too (vs stilettos & the I don't care jacket)?CFP: Journal of Children & Media is looking for short (1500 word) personal commentaries on the crises that children… https://t.co/VLZXBhDbYE
Retweeted by bess williamson @miriamcb @AnjulieRao It kind of feels that way in that it's so much less busy these days.. @crystaljjlee @npseaver @ibogost @kaufmann_buhler is good on this - see new book coming out shortly on open plan of… https://t.co/zYDo724c3q
9/16
2020
@crystaljjlee @npseaver @ibogost interesting.. I know my own writing on ergonomics doesn't really cover this, but i… https://t.co/lCj3Rp5IBd @jkriss @npseaver woah. I also think of Donald Norman's 1989 "What's wrong with the PC" or similar? that is about h… https://t.co/NFve8O6iEEblerg it's kind of hard to get your head around teaching when you gave that lecture a couple of weeks ago to your laptopTwenty-one thoughtfully curated digital postcards telling the stories of artists within the Deaf and disabled commu… https://t.co/551f2n4Sw8
Retweeted by bess williamson @LangeAlexandra oh right. This might be our model if we ever go in person.quite a lineup if you really really want to get into skyscraper history https://t.co/uSBJCHFhj8 @LangeAlexandra how is that working? they split up a typically larger group into sections? I wish my K teacher woul… https://t.co/6sBqcopfr3 @jaivirdi "what happens when two historians are stuck in quarantine for 6 months" @jaivirdi OMG Jaigoddamn it when "did you try turning your computer on and off" works you just feel so small in the universe @jaivirdi Love this! Congrats Jai! Excited to teach it this semester @ablerism Oof that's interesting that people want to put you in charge. Says a lot about how design is imagined as… https://t.co/VO1pxGIGdd
9/15
2020
@pandabrand I was hoping it was "aalto's odyssey" for extra design history cred, but I'll check it out! @LizLewisPhD kindergarten. *cries*I asked my students to share apps that they have, that they think no one else probably has. so many soothing/relaxi… https://t.co/huIrcmFRj0 @merylalper awesome! I need to watch this"It seems every urbanist’s favourite option is taking away parking space. If we remove the accessible parking space… https://t.co/llH06pKPtF
Retweeted by bess williamson @mssinenomine no parking twitter is somehow the twitter I have the hardest time restraining myself from arguing with. good quotes! @megajones good luck...
9/14
2020
@BostML @BuiltJustice @karene_luu citation please. for thousands of years disabled people were killed and/or expected to stay home. @leigh_stearns @KUGeology @BlkinGeoscience @LaserGlaciers @LummusMalisse @CodyTBarnett @rezvanbehbahani Love this picture in so many ways!
9/13
2020
@crystaljjlee Also if I have to read another description of a quidditch game I'm going to die. No single prof seems… https://t.co/ElObz5HTtE @crystaljjlee Important rundown for me as I have read books 1-4 this lockdown season with my kid and went from "ok… https://t.co/YRzVTxlHvbglad to say I already own this, but download! (& I am downloading to make for easier syllabus distribution) https://t.co/OhAemhHlPP @colinfanning @philamuseum canceled at AIC :(Tomorrow's #fontsunday from noon will be in honour of Sir Terence Conran's life and career. From founding Habitat i… https://t.co/ojR391wOcC
Retweeted by bess williamson#ColumbiaGSAPP is pleased to announce its fall 2020 public programs including lectures by #StephenBurks, @BCLeeJr,… https://t.co/WBZQGhEglz
Retweeted by bess williamsonI started reading campus newspapers a few months ago as part of a project to track how the pandemic was impacting s… https://t.co/nmlVzNSTpM
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9/12
2020
Next week, historian Jaipreet Virdi (@jaivirdi) joins us to discuss a history of claims for "miracle cures" for dea… https://t.co/GcMcVIZord
Retweeted by bess williamsonHey disability studies/urban studies/design folks, don’t miss this! @ablerism @AimiHamraie @CardenOfMilk @besswwwhttps://t.co/30q6I9jVKA
Retweeted by bess williamson @MarinRSullivan You were really in my hood. I was kind of excited like people are really getting into the details o… https://t.co/eYrRaHn8waThis thread made me feel better https://t.co/WTbR5hcqX9 @MarinRSullivan @mcmansionhell If it had been like an hour before we all could have crashed and caused twitter art/design IRL mayhem @smtology @pandabrand 🤪 @pandabrand I exaggerated on 2FA :) but it definitely requires logging in every time and there is weird stuff like… https://t.co/lGyTjtNyka
9/11
2020

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