Raising Renee

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Panel: Beverly McIver, Renee McIver (film stars), Alison Barkoff (Department of Justice – Civil Rights), Joan Lipkin (Artistic Director – The DisAbility Project)
Video: Click here to view video of the panel discussion.

Film: Raising Renee is an award-winning documentary about the story of acclaimed artist Beverly McIver and her promise to take care of her older sister Renee, who has an intellectual disability, when their mother dies — a promise that comes due just as Beverly’s career is taking off. It is being shown as a part of a film series, Narratives of Law and Life: Using Film to Explore the State’s Role in Constructing Identity, supported by a Diversity and Inclusion Grant awarded by the Office of the Provost at Washington University. This event is co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association.

This provocative film explores many difficult issues surrounding disability, caregiving, and autonomy. It raises many questions about the construction of identity, the focus of our grant, as well as legal questions in areas such as disability accommodation, anti-discrimination law, family law, trusts and estates, labor law, and feminist legal theory, just to name some examples.

Raising Renee is directed by Jeanne Jordan and Steve Ascher.

Click here to view the film's website.

Roundtable Discussion

Student-faculty conversations will continue over lunch, with support from the Office of the Provost.

Date: Friday, April 13, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: To be sent to participants (Space is limited and reserved for those who attend the film screening.)
RSVPs required: To inquire if there is still space, please email Liz Chen at ejchen@wulaw.wustl.edu.

Questions? Contact

Elizabeth Chen at ejchen@wulaw.wustl.edu