Artful dispatches from the places where we find ourselves
Christopher R. Smit, PhD, has spent his career writing, lecturing, and teaching about the curious and compelling relationship between media, art, and the body. Smit’s books include Screening Disability, an edited collection of essays about cinema and disability, The Exile of Britney Spears: A Tale of 21st Century Consumption and Michael Jackson: Chasing the Spectacle. His essays on disability, art, popular culture, new media, and cultural spectacle can be seen in a wide variety of academic and popular journals, online, and in many collected works. Smit is the executive director of DisArt, an arts and disability organization committed to changing perceptions about disability one piece of art at a time. Smit lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he is a professor of media studies at Calvin College. He lives there with his wife and son and is an active member of the disabled culture in his town. Smit is a Disabled Person.