Embrace Neurodiversity

Upcoming Event:

Life Beyond Reason Poster

A Life Beyond Reason and the Life Worth Living

When: Wednesday, February 26 at 4PM

Where: In Rita Hollings Science Center, Room 102

       To find the Rita Hollings Science Center use this link:  
       Rita Hollings Science Center is on the North East corner of Coming and George Street.

Chris Gabbard will discuss his recently published book, A Life Beyond Reason: A Father’s Memoir (Beacon Press, 2019). A scholar of British Enlightenment literature, he describes the radically mismanaged delivery of his son at a major medical institution, resulting in H.I.E. (hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy). Medically complex and profoundly impaired, the boy, August, lived for fourteen years. Gabbard will speak about the paradoxically luminous consequences of this catastrophe.

Shortly after the birth, his interests veered into Disability Studies, and eventually he began to question Socrates’s dictum that “The unexamined life is not worth living,” asking himself for the first time if this supposedly universal truth was true. His son would never be able to examine his life; did this mean that his life was not worth living? Because he knew his son well, he became aware that he had insights into the question that others did not have. Ultimately, he came to recognize the fetishizing of intelligence that grew out of the Enlightenment and the invidious consequences of this fetishizing for neurodiverse people. Gabbard will speak about the realizations emerging from life with his son.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event,
please contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at or
at 843 953 5079 by February 19, 2020.

The lecture is: Wednesday, February 26 at 4PM
Location is:     Rita Hollings Science Center, Room 102

Please use this link to the campus - to see where Rita Hollings Science Center is located:

Rita Hollings Science Cener is on the North East corner of Coming and George Street.


Learn more about CofC's Neurodiversity Initiative!  

What is neurodiversity?

  • Basically, it's the idea that people whose brains are wired differently from the "norm" should be embraced and celebrated!

  • While none of us is normal, this effort has focused on people with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, health impairments, and psychological disabilities.

Please Note:

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events for all individuals to engage fully. To be respectful of those with allergies and environmental sensitivities, we ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility at our upcoming events, please contact: Anne Osowski, 843 953 1431, Thank You.


The Brain    It takes all kinds of minds to make the world go ’round –

     including the kind that work differently from what’s considered “the norm.”
    "CofC Neurodiversity Initiative Seeks to Open Minds" - read this article from 
     The College Today