Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center

The Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center educates students in the documentary arts and shines a light on significant historical issues and endangered cultural knowledge specific to deaf peoples.


As a humanities-based center, the SDDC aims to document lived Deaf experiences and to disseminate this knowledge through different products which include films, physical and online exhibits, digital mapping, and others. Click on the buttons to explore each project.

The mission of the SDDC is Teach. Do. Share.
• We teach - or build the networks to teach - students how to create documentary films, develop exhibitions, or engage in narrative writing.
• We do documentary work on the Deaf experience.
• We share documentary work with the campus and external constituencies.


Deaf Difference + Space Survival

In the early 1960s a joint research project hosted by the U.S. Department of the Navy and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sought out deaf men from Gallaudet University to participate in experiments on balance, motion sickness, and weightlessness. Eleven men aged 25...

Deaf NYC

Deaf New York City is a thrilling project that takes you on a journey through time, exploring the evolution of Deaf spaces in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Through meticulous research spanning years, the project presents a historical account of the...

Eugenics and the American Experience

The leading proponent of sterilization in the United States was Harry Hamilton Laughlin, superintendent of the Eugenics Record Office (ERO) at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Long Island, N.Y. Those states that adopted sterilization laws usually modeled them after Laughlin's conceptual framework. Laughlin's list...


Meet the Team

Brian Greenwald


Brenna Smith

Graduate Research Assistant

Zilvinas Paludnevicius

Lead Producer

Jannelle Legg


Contact Us

Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center

SLCC 1301

(202) 250-2905

(202) 651-5085

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