Gallaudet University Press

4:6 Tuesday June 18, 2002

The Summer of 1917

One Man's Thoughts on the Deaf American  
Community During World War I

The third volume in the Gallaudet Classics in Deaf Studies series, Gaillard in Deaf America: A Portrait of the Deaf Community, 1917 chronicles the travels of Henri Gaillard during his visit to America only a few weeks after the United States entered World War I. “In it, Henri Gaillard, a French deaf activist and leader, offers an engaging account of his travels to the United States during the summer of 1917 that is certain to delight and inform readers interested in the deaf community and mainstream society,” writes Bob Buchanan, editor of Gaillard in Deaf America in his introduction.

Buchanan continues with: “An adroit writer with a sharp memory, a perceptive eye, and an engaging personality, Gaillard composed an insightful journal that recounts his visit with the American deaf community. For three months, Gaillard, accompanied by French colleagues Jean Olivier, Edmond Pilet, and Eugene Graff, traveled up and down the east coast and into the Midwest. They visited schools and colleges, social clubs and conventions, private residences and workplaces, meeting both deaf leaders and ordinary adults. Beginning in Hartford, Gaillard and company traveled to metropolitan New York, Buffalo, Akron, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., where they were welcomed by their deaf colleagues.” Read the introduction in its entirety and order Gaillard in Deaf America at a 20% discount off the regular price.

Recently, Ronda Jo Miller, a 2000 Gallaudet University graduate and star of the 1999 women’s basketball team, made history as the first deaf player to try out for a Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) team. Miller finished her career at Gallaudet as the NCAA Division III career rebounding leader (1,545 rebounds). She also ranks third in Division III in scoring (2,656 points) and third in blocked shots (373). Before joining the Mystics on May 3, she played for Herlov in Denmark where she led the league in rebounding, helped her team win the championship, and was voted the best foreign player in the Denmark Elite Series League. Although she did not land a spot on the WNBA team, she continues to play in Denmark.

Deaf Girls Rule: A Photographic Essay of the 1999 Champion Gallaudet University Women’s Basketball Team chronicles the team when it won the regular season championship and advanced to the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ rung of the NCAA Division III national tournament. It features 104 black and white photographs of the players and coaches, essays, and also some historic photographs. View select photographs of Ronda Jo Miller and the teams other winning women scholar-athletes and order Deaf Girls Rule today.

Gallaudet University Press Institute, the educational division of Gallaudet University Press, will host its second international conference “Genetics, Disability, and Deafness” on April 3-4, 2003 at the Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center (GUKCC) in Washington, D.C. Keynote speakers include Louis Menand and Walter Nance. Mr. Menand is the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book The Metaphysical Club which tells the story of the creation of ideas and values that changed the way Americans think and the way they live. Mr. Nance is Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Genetics for the Medical College of Virginia. Stay tuned for more details on how to register for the conference, travel information, hotel accommodations and more.

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