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  • Reasonable People
    A Memoir of Autism and Adoption
    by Ralph James Savarese
  • The Lyric Body
    Special Double Issue of the Seneca Review
    Edited by Stephen Kuusisto and Ralph James Savarese
  • Papa, PhD
    Essays on Fatherhood by Men in the Academy
    Edited by Mary Ruth Marotte, Paige Martin Reynolds, and Ralph James Savarese
  • Autism and the Concept of Neurodiversity
    Disabilities Studies Quarterly
    Edited by Emily Thornton Savarese and Ralph James Savarese

“River of Words, Raft of Our Conjoined Neurologies” receives “notable essay” distinction in Best American Essays 2013.

For more information read: River of Words, Raft of Our Conjoined Neurologies

Feb
2014
Event: Emory University

When All the Senses Tremble within the Flesh of Language

Feb
2014
Event: AWP Conference

Family Trouble

Panel discussion
Seattle, WA

Jan
2014
Event: Modern Language Association

My Worry Now Accumulates: Sensorial and Emotional Contagion in Autistic Life Writing

Chicago, IL

Jan
2014
Event: Modern Language Association

Reading Moby Dick with Autist Tito Mukhopadhyay

Chicago, IL

July
2013
Event: Inclusion Institute Summer Conference

Autism, the Brain, and Poetic Creativity

Syracuse,  NY

June
2013
Event: International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference

The Body’s Narrative: Classical Autism and Synesthetic Response

Manchester, UK

June
2013
Event: International Melville Conference

’Tis Mosby’s Homily: Melville, Reconstruction, and the Enigma of Remembrance

Washington, D.C.

May
2013
Event: Boston Trauma Center Conference

Keynote Address: “Bridging the Sensory/Linguistic Divide in Trauma: What Teaching Classical Autistics How To Write Poetry Might Tell Us.”

DJ and Rob Rooy win large production grant from Independent Television Service (ITVS)

DJ and Rob Rooy win large production grant from Independent Television Service (ITVS) for Deej, their documentary about DJ’s inclusion journey. DJ serves as writer, star, and co-producer.

The Film

Deej is the story of DJ Savarese (“Deej”), a gifted, young writer and an advocate for nonspeaking autistics. Once a “profoundly disabled” foster kid seemingly on the fast track to nowhere, DJ is now a first year college student with a burning desire to stand up for those whose neurological … Read More

JAN
31
2013
Event: Sponsored by Americanist Speakers Series, Duke University.

Neurocosmopolitanism as Biocultural Concept, not Neoliberal Platitude

Home of Professor Priscilla Wald, 7:00.

JAN
3
2013
Event: Modern Language Association Convention

What Some Autistics Can Teach Us about Poetry, or Why We Need an Ethic of Neurocosmopolitanism

Fairfax A, Sheraton Boston, 5:15-6:30. “On Cognitive Approaches to Literature, Disability Studies, and Being Wrong” panel.

Note: this panel was selected by Michael Berube, President of the MLA, as a “Presidential Theme” panel.

OCT
1
2012
Event: Sponsored by Deborah Jenson’s “Flaubert’s Brain” seminar, Duke University.

Cognitive and Evolutionary Approaches to Poetry

Languages Building, Room 305, 3:20.

NOV
9
2012
Event: South Atlantic Modern Languages Association Conference

Neurocosmopolitan Melville

Imperial Convention Center V, Research Triangle Park Sheraton, 4:30. “Melville & Science” panel.

NOV
10
2012
Event: South Atlantic Modern Languages Association Conference

Autism Studies Roundtable

Empire Ballroom E, Research Triangle Park Sheraton, 9:45.