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Mark R. Bookman, a white, male-presenting person with receding black hair and a trimmed beard sits on his black and red permobil electric wheelchair. He is wearing glasses, a grey suit, and a teal button-down shirt. Mark is framed against a natural background with green grass and a large tree.

Dr. Mark R. Bookman Zoom Vigil

The Society for Disability Studies will be hosting a Zoom Vigil in memory of Dr. Mark Bookman on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 7-8 pm Eastern time/Friday, January 6, 2023, at 9-10 am Japan time.


You may access the vigil by clicking the orange button below this text. 

If you are prompted for a passcode, the passcode is SDS23-1.

Dr. Bookman joined the Board of Directors of the Society for Disability Studies in September 2022 and quickly made a lasting impression through his dedication to the disability community. We are heartbroken by Mark’s sudden and unexpected passing on December 16, 2022. This vigil is an opportunity to come together, share memories and photos of Mark, and be in community while grieving this enormous loss to the disability community. We invite everyone to submit any pictures and memories of Dr. Mark Bookman by emailing our Website Coordinator, Griffin Zimmerman, directly. You may continue to send memories, pictures, and links to articles or other ephemera about Mark after the vigil to be added to the commemorative slideshow.


With care and community,
The Society for Disability Studies Board of Directors

Vigil Schedule

The vigil will proceed with the following schedule:

  1. Vigil Welcome
  2. Accessible Features and Practices
  3. Statement by Joe Stramondo, SDS President
  4. Statement by Paul Bookman, Mark’s Father
  5. Moment of Silence
  6. Statement by Nagase Osamu, Eminent Research Professor, Institute of Ars Vivendi, Ritsumeikan University
  7. Statement by Karen Nakamura, SDS Past President and Mark’s Mentor
  8. Memories of Mark Slideshow
  9. Open Floor for Sharing of Memories by Attendees
  10. Vigil Closing

Vigil Materials

During the vigil, we will be reviewing a commemorative slideshow. Please utilize the version most accessible to you from the buttons below this text. The links will open in a new window.

Vigil Details and Schedule

Access Features and Practices

The Zoom Vigil will be held live on this page. Please use the following menu to find the appropriate timing of the Zoom Vigil in memory of Dr. Mark Bookman in your local time zone:

Thursday, January 5th, 4-5pm

Thursday, January 5th, 5-6pm

Thursday, January 5th, 6-7pm

Thursday, January 5th, 7-8pm

Friday, January 6th, 1-2am

Friday, January 6th, 2-3am

Friday, January 6th, 3-4am

Friday, January 6th, 5:30-6:30am

Friday, January 6th, 9-10am

The Society for Disability Studies would like to make the following access considerations available to attendees:



  • The vigil will be recorded and available for later viewing on the memorial page, as well as shared with Mark Bookman’s family
  • CART captioning will be provided*
  • ASL interpreting will be provided*
  • Audio description will be provided of slides
  • Reading and revoicing will be provided of chat messages unless messages are sent privately
  • Attendees will be welcome to remain on video
  • Mute will be requested unless an attendee is speaking
  • Attendees are invited to interact with the Tweet thread during the vigil
  • An access guide for how to utilize Zoom’s various access features (closed captions, pinning functionalities, etc.) will be available for attendees
  • Photo submissions are requested to include an image description



* Accessibility services for this event are being kindly donated and are limited to one hour; After the initial vigil service, if guests would like to remain in the space, accessibility features will transition to AI captioning provided by Zoom.

Please RSVP!

While not required, we ask that anyone planning on attending the vigil RSVP using the contact form below. This will enable us to provide our accessibility service providers a list of attendee names for reference during the vigil. We appreciate your assistance with helping us make this community space embody the values and access that Mark worked so hard to promote and uphold in his life.

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