Becoming Helen Keller

Becoming Helen Keller examines the complex and misunderstood aspect of an icon’s life. This work places the deaf and blind Helen Keller within the context of her times, especially the historical experience of Americans with disabilities. Keller assigned herself the role of human rights advocate before civil or human rights rhetoric existed, and perpetually used her celebrity to pursue social justice while also facilitating her own economic independence. Her life was full of surprises, occasional scandals, and contradictions. To be accompanied by a major outreach effort, this program is produced and directed by Laurie Block.