Tuesday, December 7, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EST
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Researching and Writing about the Life of Disability Rights Activist Lucy Gwin

Tuesday, December 7
12:30 p.m.

Online via Zoom 

Hear the amazing story of author, advocacy journalist, disability rights activist, feminist and founder of Rochester’s Mouth magazine, Lucy Gwin. After an automobile accident left her with a brain injury, Gwin became a tireless advocate for the equal rights of people she termed "dislabled." Learn more from author James Odato more about the monumental impact and staunch dedication Gwin and other key disability rights activists and organizations had to the belief that disability rights was a critical part of the civil rights movement.

About The speakers

James M. Odato, a journalist for four decades, has been a staff reporter for several New York newspapers including 18 years at the Albany Times Union. His stories have appeared in national and international newspapers and his award winning investigations have led to policy changes in New York. A freelance writer, he teaches journalism and lectures on the power of public repositories and archives. He lives in Schenectady, NY.


Thomas J. Ruller has held the position of New York State Archivist since 2015. He has been an active professional and is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and reviews on the use of technology in Archives and the preservation of records in electronic form.   He has been a consultant for several State governments and other organizations focusing on electronic records management and preservation.

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A direct link and password to digital meeting space will be emailed to all registrants ahead of time. Contact aptrust@nysed.gov with questions or in need of assistance.