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History Through Deaf Eyes
Gallaudet University created the “Deaf Eyes” project to bring deaf history to the public and expand understanding of U.S. history. The project is multi-faceted and includes the:
November 4 – December 19, 2004 Hosted at the University of Arizona Union Gallery. Dr. Samuel Supalla giving remarks during the exhibition opening. Photo by Todd, Hlavacek, November 11, 2004. Dr. Samuel Supalla giving remarks during the exhibition opening.
May 9 - September 22, 2002 Hosted by the Smithsonian Institution at the Arts and Industries Building, in conjunction with the National Museum of American History. The summer of 2002 Gallaudet University hosted Deaf Way II, an international conference and festival on Deaf history, cultures,...
November 4, 2005 - February 23, 2006 Hosted at the University of Iowa. In November, 2005, this family visited the History Through Deaf Eyes opening at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and found a photo of a relative.
October 1 - November 4, 2001 Hosted by the Kentucky School for the Deaf and the University of Kentucky at the University of Kentucky. Kentucky opening, Superintendent Dr. Harvey J. Corson on left.
Through Deaf Eyes is a two-hour documentary that explores almost 200 years of Deaf life in America and presents a broad range of perspectives on what it means to be deaf. The film is propelled by the stories of people, both eminent and ordinary, and...
A Film By Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey Narrated by Stockard Channing Written by Ken Chowder Inspired by the History Through Deaf Eyes Exhibition Created by Jack R. Gannon Project Director, Gallaudet University Jean Bergey Senior Advisor Harry Lang Contributing Filmmakers Kimby...
Diane Garey Diane Garey has had a distinguished career as a documentary and feature editor and producer. She edited and co-produced Wild By Law, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1992 and was broadcast as part of the American...
Estimated total attendance: 415,000 Hartford, Connecticut, March 5 - April 14, 2001, Hosted by the American School for the Deaf - at the Phoenix Home Life Insurance Building. Lexington, Kentucky, October 1 - November 4, 2001, Hosted by the Kentucky School for the Deaf and...
September 7 - October 24, 2004 Hosted by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, in conjunction with the Alabama Association of the Deaf. Reverend Jay Croft, who led the planning for the Birmingham, Alabama opening, is sharing the story of how and why this model of...
March 5 - April 14, 2001 Hosted by the American School for the Deaf at the Phoenix Home Life Insurance Building. Gary Wait (right) and helper installing objects.
The documentary Through Deaf Eyes takes a straightforward look at life for people who are part of the cultural-linguistic group, use American Sign Language, and often define themselves as "Deaf" — with a capital, and cultural, "D" — and deaf people who, for a variety...
The following are resources on Deaf history and culture. This page will always be a work in progress. You can visit the Gallaudet University Press for more books. If there are publications, films, or websites you would like to suggest as additions, please contact us...
The discussion framework depends on the group. You might first invite participants to provide immediate feedback on what they have viewed. Questions to prompt this discussion include: What did you think of the film? What stood out for you? What did you learn about Deaf...
Students from the St. Rita’s School for the Deaf. Cincinnati, Ohio, 1918. Photograph by J.B. Schmidt. National Archives, Image: 165-WW-77E-3. Curator: Jack R. Gannon Project Director: Jean Lindquist Bergey Exhibition Design: Hank Grasso Planning & Design, Inc. Design Consultant: Rosalyn L. Gannon Researcher/Contributor: Douglas C....
The following related links offer information about Deaf life in the United States. For an extensive listing of resources, visit the Gallaudet University web site. Gallaudet is the world's only university geared specifically to the needs of the deaf. Gallaudet University's key role in Through...
Educational Resources Life and Deaf: Language and the Myth of Balance in Public History Jean Lindquist Bergey Sign Language Studies, Volume 8, Number 4, published Summer 2008 by Gallaudet University Press. Used with permission. Abstract This article chronicles the protest to draft plans for an...
Through Deaf Eyes: A Photographic History of the American History Douglas C. Baynton, Jack R. Gannon, and Jean Lindquist Bergey Through Deaf Eyes PBS Home Video DVD Note: Through Deaf Eyes DVD is no longer available. Watch online courtesy of the Gallaudet University Press. Poster...
Before convening a group, view the documentary in its entirety. Become familiar with this guide, which provides discussion questions, tips on negotiating controversial issues, and supplemental information and resources to further discussion. The film is two hours in length. Decide whether participants should watch the...
Access to Through Deaf Eyes cannot be an afterthought. Be mindful of your audience's needs. Consider the following access issues as you organize your event: Is the space you plan to use accessible to all audiences? Will you need to hire qualified* American Sign Language...
Note: DVDs are no longer sold.
Gallaudet at 150 and Beyond Exhibit
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The Life of Robert Panara Exhibit
Then & Now Exhibit
We Are Equal Exhibit
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