The DRC is committed to bridging academic disciplines that inform our practice by collaborating with UF faculty. Each year the DRC will partner with a UF Faculty who prompts us to expand how we typically conceptualize disability.

If you are UF Faculty interested in becoming a future DRC Faculty Fellow or if you are interested in attending our lectures and will need accommodations in order to participate, please email

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021: Dr. Steven Noll

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Steven Noll (Ph.D. UF 1991) is a Master Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Florida. He is also an affiliate faculty member at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at UF. His research interests include both disability history and Florida history, where he examines both race and the environment. He has written widely in both fields and is currently finishing two books- one on the 1977disability rights protests and the other on the continuing controversy over the proposed removal of the Kirkpatrick Dam from the Ocklawaha River. He teaches a variety of courses here at UF in both areas. He also taught special education in the public schools of Alachua County for 28 years before coming to UF full-time in 2004. His proudest accomplishment is coaching the special needs basketball teams at Sidney Lanier School here in Gainesville since 1978.

Past Events

Nov 26th 2018: Dr. Noll hosted “Disabilities on the College Campus – Who is Ed Roberts & Why is he important?”
5-6 pm | Reitz Union G 310

Picture of Dr. Noll lecturing. ASL interpreter standing next to him.

Spring 2019 - Fall 2019: Dr. Heather Vrana

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Heather Vrana (Ph.D. Indiana University, 2013) is Assistant Professor of Modern Latin America in the Department of History at the University of Florida. Prof. Vrana’s research focuses on disability, human rights, photography, youth, and student movements in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. From observation and the paradoxical ubiquity/invisibility of disabled people, emerged Prof. Vrana’s current research project, Disability and the Making of Modern Central America. Recently, Prof. Vrana’s research received support from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, University of Florida Humanities Enhancement Fund, University of Florida Global Fellows, and Connecticut State University Board of Regents.

Past Events

Dr. Vrana hosted three lectures sharing insights on their historical research as well as educating the campus community on the field of disability studies.

February 28th 2019: Disability Studies Seminar: Keywords and Concepts
5:30 – 6:30 pm | DRC Cypress Gathering Room
An introduction to Disability Studies Theory

April 10th 2019 : Finding Disability in the Archive
12-2 pm | DRC Cypress Gathering Room
A historical approach to disability inquiry.

October 22nd 2019: Critical Disability Studies Lecture: Navigating Access at Universities. With Dr. Steverson
5-6 pm | Reitz Union G310