Pushing Limits

Karen Nakamura

Dr. Karen Nakamura
Dr. Karen Nakamura

Pushing Limits is pleased to present an interview with cultural and visual anthropologist Karen Nakamura who recently accepted the position as Haas Distinguished  Chair of Disability Studies at UC Berkeley. She is a highly-educated, skilled woman who is deeply immersed in the disability community.

Dr. Nakamura, who formerly taught at Yale, will be  working on projects using robotics and prosthesis to address questions of aging and disability in Japan and the US. She is building an accessible makerspace on the university campus.

Topics range from the role of Anthropology and Ethnography to the disability community to prison-caused disabilities to corporate funding in the academic world.

  • Lisa Chamaine

    The Berkeley Disabled Students group is so grateful and excited to have Professor Karen Nakamura join the distinguished faculty on disabiiity at Cal. We have spoken with her about the disability accommodations crisis that students have been facing for the past 5 years. Students are organizing and mobilzing around the crisis and hoping to inform the public of what is going on at Cal.

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