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Dr. Betty J. Schuchman and Dr. John S. Schuchman

The Center for Deaf Documentary Studies manages the Dr. John S. and Dr. Betty J. Schuchman Deaf History Award for the Office of the Provost. Founded in 2014, the first award was presented during Gallaudet’s Sesquicentennial Symposium to Deaf History International in recognition of its groundbreaking transnational work to foster and disseminate research.

Gallaudet Professor Emeritus of History Dr. John S. Schuchman and his wife, Dr. Betty J. Schuchman, created the award to encourage research on the lives and experiences of deaf people and their communities. The award may be given to an individual, team, or organization/institution for significant scholarship on the history of deaf people. Research is evaluated on conceptual focus, originality, depth of analysis, and documentation of sources.

The Deaf History Award will be given every five years. Recipients will be recognized in a public event and their names added to a plaque hung in a prominent place at the University. More information on the award is online.

Past Recipients:

  • 2014: Deaf History International
  • 2019: Dr. Harry G. Lang

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Schuchman Documentary Center

SLCC 1301

(202) 250-2905

(202) 651-5635

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