Panel Discussion/Talk

Just Me: An Asian American on Mental Health and Disability

Monday, April 17, 2023
4:30 – 6PM

Chanika Svetvilas is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural worker whose practice focuses on mental health difference. Her work is an extension of her continued interest in using narratives as a way to challenge stereotypes in contemporary society and to create safe spaces. She has presented her work in a variety of spaces and contexts including the College Art Association Conference, the Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference, and the Pacific International Conference on Disability and Diversity. She has exhibited at the Denver International Airport, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Asian Arts Initiative, and the Wexner Center for the Arts among others. Her work has been published in Disability Studies Quarterly, Studying Disability, Arts, and Culture: An Introduction by Petra Kuppers, and A Body You Can Talk To: An Anthology of Contemporary Disability, edited by Tennison S. Black (forthcoming). Svetvilas was the co-founder of ThaiLinks, a collective that was based in New York City and promoted awareness about issues affecting the Thai American community. She also co-founded the biennial Thai Takes Film Festival. Svetvilas was born in Buffalo, NY to Thai immigrant parents. She earned her BS from Skidmore College and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

This is a hybrid event. Please register for a zoom link or tune in to the live stream on YouTube.

Reception to follow in the adjacent Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building Forum (117).

Organized by the Effron Center for the Study of America and the Lewis Center for the Arts


Julis Romo Rabinowitz A17 is ADA accessible. View accessible paths and entrances on the Transportation and Parking Services map.

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Effron Center for the Study of America
Lewis Center for the Arts
Ida B. Wells JUST Data Lab
Program in Asian American Studies
Keller Center
Center for Health and Wellbeing
Office of Disability Services
Council on Science and Technology
Humanities Council