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The Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center researches, documents, and shares the lived experiences of deaf people via film, photography, and written narrative. Projects are always collaborative ventures with students, faculty, staff, alumni, colleagues, and community members.

We’re always open to new ideas and opportunities – please feel free to contact us with stories, ideas, or resources.

Programs

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
A critical mass of deaf people in urban settings forms a unique cultural and linguistic environment. For example, hundreds of deaf people, mostly Jewish and Italian first-generation Americans, lived within a one-mile radius of the Gravesend section of Brooklyn, N.Y., in the 1950s, 60s, and...
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...

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