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DISCO Ball Information

Directions & Access info:

Dear DISCO Ball Attendees,

The event begins at 7 pm in Thompson Library (11th floor Reading Room). Those coming from the Blackwell Inn may wish to use the free campus shuttle service via the Buckeye Village bus. There are two options: take the westbound loop beginning at Mason Hall (shorter distance from the hotel, just to the east) and disembarking at University Hall – about a 20-25 min. ride, or take the eastbound loop from the St. John Arena East stop to University Hall – about a 5 min. ride but the St. John Arena stop is further away from the hotel. Campus maps may also be helpful in navigating (note that the map linked here includes shuttle stops and information on Car2Go services). Since both the Blackwell and Thompson Library are on roads, but parking is limited, attendees may also wish to call a ride service such as Lyft. (The closest garages are: Neil Avenue Garage – after 4:00 p.m.; Tuttle Park Place Garage; Ohio Union South Garage.)

ASL interpreters and CART transcription will be available during the lecture, with interpreters remaining on hand to facilitate discussion the rest of the evening. A quiet space for any attendees who wish to make use of it has been reserved in 204 Thompson Library for the duration of the event.

The event will be fragrance-free, so please refrain from wearing any scented products.

Restrooms are available on the 11th floor as well as on the ground through 4th floors. The 11th floor restrooms are single-stall and gender-neutral. The restrooms on the ground through 4th floors are designated M/F and are multi-stall.

For any additional questions or concerns you may have, please feel free to e-mail If you post on social media about this event, please use the hashtag #discoball18. We look forward to seeing you Tuesday evening!


The Diversity and Identity Studies Collective (DISCO) Graduate Caucus and Disability Studies Program are delighted to invite you to an evening of cross-cultural networking, including dinner, discussion, and dancing. (Festive attire, as you define that, is welcome!)

Tuesday, April 17, 7-11 pm
The Ohio State University
Thompson Library, 11th floor

The general event schedule is as follows:

  • 7:00-7:30 pm, buffet dinner and mingling. (Food will remain available during the keynote.)
  • 7:30-8:30 pm, keynote by Dr. Mimi Khúc: "The Professor is Ill: Unwellness in the University"
  • 8:30-9:00 pm, continued mingling
  • 9:00-11:00 pm, coffee/tea and music/dancing

The evening will kick off with an address from Mimi Khúc, a scholar of Asian American Studies, disability studies, and queer of color feminism. After dinner, you'll mingle with members of the Society for Disability Studies, as well as attendees of the Multiple Perspectives conference, OSU friends, and community partners. At 9 pm, we'll roll back the carpets (figuratively) and start the dancing!

This event is free and open to the public, and all are invited. In order to ensure that food and access arrangements are adequate, all attendees must register, using this registration form. This brief form will ask about your needs and preferences regarding food, child care, CART, sign interpretation, and other access issues. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible!

Co-sponsors: Diversity and Identity Studies Collective (DISCO) Graduate Caucus; Disability Studies Program; Sexuality Studies Program; Graduate Association of Mental Health Action & Advocacy; Department of English Diversity & Inclusion Committee; Office of the ADA Coordinator; Ohio State Student Life Multicultural Center; Ohio State Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Society for Disability Studies.