The DC Public Library Celebrates Clerc-Gallaudet Week

Monday, December 3, 2012 - 4:00pm

Program, Great Hall:
Welcome to the DC Public Library
Janice Rosen, Librarian for the Deaf Community

Brief Remarks
Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, President, Gallaudet University
Brief remarks honoring the birthdays of Laurent Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, followed by his special donation to the DC Public Library of a book collection commemorating deaf history, deaf culture, American Sign Language and the University’s upcoming 150th anniversary.

Deaf American Prose: 1980 – 2010 -- Panel Discussion and Readings
Editor & contributor Kristen Harmon; Editor Jennifer Nelson; and Contributors Willy Conley, Chris Heuer, Abiola Haroun, Sara Stallard, Tonya Stremlau.

Adaptive Services, Room 215, following the program.

About Deaf American Prose: 1980 – 2010
In deaf life, the personal narrative holds sway because most deaf individuals recall their formative years as solitary struggles to understand and to be understood. Few deaf people in the past related their stories in written form, relying instead on a different kind of “oral” tradition, that of American Sign Language. During the last several decades, however, a burgeoning bilingual deaf experience has ignited an explosion of deaf writing that has pushed the potential of ASL-influenced English to extraordinary creative heights. Deaf American Prose: 1980–2010 presents a diverse cross-section of stories, essays, memoirs and novel excerpts by a remarkable cadre of deaf writers that mines this rich, bilingual environment.

For more information, contact:
Janice Rosen, Librarian for the Deaf Community
Voice:  202.727.2142;  Voice and Videophone: 202.559.5368