On Wednesday, October 7, Helen Keller was honored with a bronze statue at the U.S. Capitol, recognizing her efforts on behalf of people with disabilities. Kim Nielsen, UW-Green Bay professor of Social Change and Development and author of several books on Keller, including The Radical Lives of Helen Keller, was interviewed for Thursday’s Democracy Now!, a daily TV/radio news program. Nielsen discussed Keller’s efforts on behalf of those with disabilities, feminists, and working people.
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Professor Kim Nielsen was selected as this year’s recipient of the Founders Award for Excellence in Scholarship. The citation noted her prolific and award-winning scholarship. Her work on Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan Macy has been described as “stunning,” “fascinating and beautifully crafted” and filled with “extensive research and sophisticated analysis,” and she has earned recognition for her work on women, feminism, and disability. This second Founders Award for Nielsen, who won the Founders Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005.