Improvising Across Abilities, Media, Communities

Affiliated Researchers

Elizabeth Boresow is a Board Certified Music Therapist, who graduated from the University of Kansas in May 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy. She was an active member of AbleHawks & Allies, a group that is "Always About Access" & a huge fan of the KU women's basketball team!  Elizabeth works in the world of disability helping individuals develop skills that further their independence and promoting accessibility in the community. In 2012-2013, she used the did her Music Therapy internship in the Lawrence Public Schools.

Dot Nary is a Research Associate at the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas, and former staff member at several independent living centers. Her research interests focus on health promotion, community participation, access to recreation, and advocacy training for people with disabilities, and on creating accessible communities for all.

Ray Mizumura-Pence is a lecturer in the American Studies Department at the University of Kansas. Dr. Pence has taught in universities since 1994. His current research projects look at US military veterans with disabilities and the impact of multiple sclerosis on Richard Pryor's career and life. 

Pete Williams Pete’s dissertation, “Weird Bodily Noises: Improvising Race, Gender, and Jazz History,” explores issues of embodiment, improvisation, and performance in Kansas City. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Kansas and is an improvising bassist.

 

 

 

 

 

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Performance this Friday!

Please join us Friday, August 11th at  5:30 for a 30-45 minute performance, followed by audience feedback and discussion.  The performance features Jesse Stewart and the Wooden Snap Dragons Ensemble.