Book cover and a photo of an Asian American woman in a power chair wearing a blue shirt and mask.

Photo of Alice Wong courtesy of Eddie Hernandez Photography

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s fall 2021 Common Read book will be Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century,” by Alice Wong.

Wong will deliver the 2021 NSU Larry and Julie Poeppel Family Common Read Lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Attendees are invited to gather in the Johnson Fine Arts Center’s Jewett Theater to listen to Wong, who will present live via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public.

Wong is a disabled activist and founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project. The book, “Disability Visibility,” is an anthology of contemporary essays by disabled people that “gives a glimpse into the rich complexity of the disabled experience,” according to the book description. Edited by Wong, it features stories by a range of contributors, including authors Keah Brown, Jamison Hill and S.E. Smith.

Akademos will be providing copies of the book for students as they order their fall textbooks. For anyone else, the book is available for purchase on the NSU Wolf Shoppe for $12.95 (plus tax) starting mid-May.

Now in its 12th year, Northern’s annual Common Read program has grown into the largest academic event on Northern’s campus, attracting internationally recognized authors. The event is supported through a generous endowment by the Larry and Julie Poeppel family.

To learn more, contact NSU Honors Program Director Dr. Kristi Bockorny,

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and, soon, an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $120 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.