This event will intersperse about a dozen fascinating stories and interviews with plenty of time for conversation with new and old friends.
The stories and storytellers to be included in the evening's program on January 10 are a dynamic and slippery bunch. This page lists our best current estimate of who will be involved and what they might present.
The program is designed to maximize interest and minimize chaos -- it is not an open-mic event. However, we are always interested in improving the lineup. If you would like to propose a story in advance, please send us an e-mail so we can discuss it.
All contents are subject to change without notice.
A quick tour of blindness in Berkeley and the geography of the evening
Storyteller and Host: Joshua Miele, Director, The Smith-Kettlewell Description Research and Innovation Lab; Corresponding Secretary, The Holman Society
A retelling of how, in 1867, Berkeley came to be home to the Society for the Instruction and Maintenance of the Indigent Deaf and Dumb, and the Blind in California, and how, 100 years later, our vibrant blind community supported and informed Berkeley's influential disability rights awakening
Storyteller: Ken Stein, Disability Rights Activist and Disability Historian
Introduction by: Anita Aaron Director, World Institute on Disability
The people and places between the blind organizations of interest
Storyteller: Mike Cole, Retired Director, Orientation Center for the Blind
A narrative re-creation of the EBCB's earliest days
Storyteller: Liz Deef, Institutional Memory, East Bay Center for the Blind
A story of growth and exploration
Storyteller: Jerry Kuns, Retired Technology Trainer and Founder of Jose Can You See
A delicate narrative of broad statements and hedged bets
Storyteller: Catherine J. Kudlick, Director, Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability and Professor of History, SFSU
A self-governing community of blind students isolated from, and at the same time included in, the UC campus community
Storyteller: Judy Wilkinson, Editor of The Blind Californian, a publication of the California Council of the Blind
A story of Newel Perry -- his brilliance, insight, and determination
Storyteller: Bryan Bashin, Executive Director, San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
A story of successful escape from Berkeley to a piano shop in Reno, only to be reeled back in
Storyteller: Bill Gerrey, Retired Rehabilitation Engineer
A stroll through Berkeley's contributions to computer accessibility
Storyteller: Marc Sutton, Technology Trainer and Leader by Example
The Berkeley Roots of the World's Talking ATMs
Storyteller: Lainey Feingold, Disability Rights Lawyer and Berkeley resident
The Holman Society, 2015