Friday, September 25, 2015
International Week of the Deaf
A Global Celebration
This week is International Week of the Deaf (IWD), an initiative of the World Federation of
the Deaf (WFD) first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. The purpose of IWD—or Deaf
Awareness Week, as it is also known—is to increase public awareness of deaf
issues, people, and culture. Activities and events throughout Deaf Awareness
Week encourage individuals to come together as a community for both educational
events and celebrations.
In honor of this celebratory time for all deaf people, Gallaudet
University Press is highlighting a select few of its international titles.
These select titles are available at 20% off through 10/27/15. Use the promo
code INTL2015 at checkout for your discount.
a Small World: International Deaf Spaces and Encounters, edited by
Michele Friedner and Annelies Kusters, profiles the fascinating and, at times, controversial
concept of deaf-same
and its influence on deaf spaces locally and globally. Organized into five
sections—Gatherings, Language, Projects, Networks, and Visions—the
in this book provide an understanding of how sameness and difference are
powerful yet contested categories in deaf worlds.
Citizenship, Politics, Difference: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Signed
Language Communities brings together
16 contributors, along with volume
editors Audrey C. Cooper and Khadijat K. Rashid, who examine
deaf people’s perspectives on citizenship, politics, and difference, and analyze
Sub-Saharan Signed Language practices in relation to sociopolitical histories
and social change interests. Read more about this revolutionary collection in
Deaf Lives: Agents of Change, edited by Kristin Snoddon, showcases the
best of the Eighth Deaf History International Conference, which took place in
July 2012 in Toronto, Canada. In the foreword, Anita Small summarizes, “This
book is about the Deaf community taking charge of its own stories and history,
compelling readers not only to learn about Deaf history but also to take action
by sharing what they have learned and by recording their own Deaf lives and
those of the Deaf community around them.” Read more about it
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Gallaudet University celebrated its 150-year existence
as the sole institution of higher education in the world designed to meet the
specific needs of deaf students. In
The History of Gallaudet University: 150
Years of a Deaf American Institution, David F. Armstrong chronicles
Gallaudet’s growth from a tiny college of less than twenty students into a
modern comprehensive American university, discussing the university’s
achievements as well as its failures.
This excerpt gives
more insight into the rich history of Gallaudet.
the very best of the scholarship presented at the Deaf Way II (DWII)
international conference and arts festival held on July 8–13, 2002, in
The Deaf Way
II Reader: Perspectives from the Second International Conference on Deaf Culture reveals how deaf people throughout
the world live, study, work, and play, as well as how they relate to their
families and the dominant hearing societies in which most of them reside. Read a
paper from part one.
be sure to check out the
awareness posters from our friends at Action Deafness in the UK.
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