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The Age of Enlightenment Revisited

The Fifth Volume in the Gallaudet Classics in Deaf Studies Series
Presents Essays from the Golden Era in the Education of the Deaf

The Deaf Experience: Classics in Language and Education, the fifth volume in the Gallaudet Classics in Deaf Studies series, is now back in print. In it, renowned scholar Harlan Lane presents essays from Pierrre Desloges, who penned the first book ever to be published by a deaf man; prominent deaf leaders Saboureux de Fontenay and Jean Massieu; and other members of the nascent French Deaf community during the Enlightenment, a rich period of education for deaf people. Once again, Deaf studies scholars and students alike can read these seminal works, translated from the French, that have shaped the lives of Western deaf people down to the present.

Order The Deaf Experience online now and take advantage of your exclusive subscriber 20% discount. Simply type “JAN0620%” in the box marked “Comments or Special Instructions” below your credit card information, or order by mail.

And the Journey Begins is the powerful story of Father Cyril Axelrod, née Sheftil ben Avram Abba, who, to this day, uses his deaf-blindness to empower and encourage people of all faiths, color, and creeds. The only child of Orthodox Jewish parents, Cyril Axelrod was diagnosed as congenitally profoundly deaf at age 3. Fearing the worse, his parents placed him in a Catholic residential school for the deaf. Despite his parents’ desire that he be taught Judaism, Axelrod found himself drawn to the Catholic religion and later became one of the first deaf people in the world to train for the Catholic priesthood.

Although his native South Africa was in the throes of apartheid, Axelrod continued to reach deaf people during this tumultuous time. However, in his 30s, he confronted another challenge, Usher syndrome, which would cause him to go blind. Without missing a step, Axelrod continued working with deaf people. His resolve to follow his calling became clearest during the 2001 graduation ceremony at Gallaudet University where he was bestowed the Honorary Doctorate of Laws. Order And the Journey Begins, and begin a journey of your own.

In its most recent issue, the Review of Disability Studies, An International Journal published a glowing review of Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe, edited by Donna F. Ryan and John S. Schuchman stating, “[T]his book is a good source of information about disability and the Holocaust. Anyone who is interested in Deaf Studies, eugenics, Holocaust Studies, the treatment of minority groups, in general, or in disability as a category of Otherness will find this a worthwhile addition  to their library.” Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe is a collection of essays that were inspired by the Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe, 1933-1945, Conference staged at Gallaudet University in 1998. Read more on the topic of the Holocaust and deaf experiences in Part III from Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe, chapter eight of Surviving in Silence, and from Horst Biesold’s Crying Hands, chapter one. Also, order a copy of each -- Deaf People, Surviving in Silence, Crying Hands -- today.

Dan Slobin, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, CA; Ben Bahan, Professor, Department of ASL and Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC; and Marlon Kuntze, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, CA, will be the keynote presenters at Gallaudet University Press Institute’s fifth international conference, Revolutions in Sign Language Studies: Linguistics, Literature, Literacy. To be held on March 22-24, 2006, at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, this conference will feature an assembly of international scholars renowned for their research on linguistics, sociolinguistics, literature, literacy and Deaf people, and all other aspects of the study of sign languages. If you haven’t registered to attend the conference, there’s still time. Go online to http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/gupiconference/index.html for more information.


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