November 2022

Bianet Castellanos

290 Northrop, UMN-TC East Bank
(612) 626-5149

Bianet Castellanos is an anthropologist, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of American Studies, and director of the Institute for Advanced Study. She is an affiliate faculty in American Indian Studies, Chicano and Latino Studies, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change.

Reading Group: The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide



The Critical Disability Studies Collective and the Imagine Chairs in Disability Studies invite you to a reading group session prior to Steven Thrasher’s IAS Thursdays event. The group will discuss several chapters from Thrasher’s book, The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide. The readings are short and all are invited to join the conversation, even if you cannot finish them! We will read: 

Aiden Bettine, Curator of the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at Collecting Oral Histories of West Central Minnesota


Aiden Bettine is an archivist and historian who researches and teaches local history pertaining to race, gender, and sexuality in the Midwest. His community work prioritizes creating generative spaces for LGBTQ people to learn, share, and research our history. Aiden founded the LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library, a community archives and lending library in Iowa City and served as Community & Student Life Archivist at the University of Iowa.