April 13, 2018
All presentations in CB 101a
Opening Keynote Speaker: Dr. Octavian Robinson
Title: Within the Worlds We Inhabit: Deaf Studies and Radical Justice
Description: The field of Deaf Studies is placed in retrospect, commemorating the 30th anniversary of Deaf President Now (DPN), a seminal civil rights moment in deaf history. DPN demanded justice for deaf people but what has become of this justice? In subsequent years, tension has emerged as the field grappled with questions of equity, inclusion, and the meaning of Deaf. Those sites of tension are explored through Deaf Studies and sign language pedagogy, scholarship, and activism. Looking to the future, we consider how Deaf Studies bridges activism and scholarship in pursuit of radical justice in the worlds we inhabit. CEU/CEH 0.125/1.25
Speakers: Dr. Bryan Eldredge, Ariana Kennedy, and Julia Christensen
Title: “Pure ASL: Language Change, Ideology, and Community Cohesion”
Description: Recent months have seen lively debate on social media about the state of American Sign Language. The debates foreground questions about what ASL should look like, its relationship to other language forms, and the sources of authority in making such determinations. This presentation examines the ideologies related to American Sign Language (ASL) at the heart of the debates. These ideologies have prompted heartfelt responses regarding issues such as language change and purification. The presentation will consider the sometimes contradictory manner in which some vocabulary gains traction while others do not. The study considers linguistic research concerning the creation and transformation of signs and contextualizes the debates as extensions of ideological contests that existed even among the first
generations of signers after Clerc. It also considers implications from similar episodes around the globe where attempts at purification and standardization have illuminated often-overlooked ideological differences. The study considers how the role of social media as a wide-reaching and instant medium might impact the current debates, and how the debates might impact the Deaf-World at large.
Speakers: Kathleen L. Brockway
Title: “A Squeaky-Clean History of Deaf Education”
Description: The presentation will share how ASL Rose website will open a one-stop largest of its kind center on the history of Deaf Education. It is intended to be a full one-stop resource at no charge to the public to use for the research and class use purposes. Both groups of native Deaf ASL speakers and English speakers may benefit from it. Also, examples of challenging hard-working research we have come across will be shared with you along with some of the genuinely surprised facts in the history of Deaf Education pages.
Time: 12:00–1:20 Lunch (On your own )
Dining options: uvu.edu/dining/
Time: 4:30–4:45 Announcements
Speaker: Ben Jarashow, ABD
Title: “Deaf Heart, Allyship, and Allophilia”
Description: This presentation will focus on the roles played by hearing people with various levels of involvement in the Deaf community. We will explore the meaning behind the three terms: Deaf Heart, Allyship, and Allophilia, and the process a person may go through to acquire one of these labels.
Speaker: David Davenport
Title: “Language Acquisition for deaf and hard of hearing children”
Description: The presentation introduces the acquisition of a native language by young children and acquisition of a second language after childhood. The first part of the presentation covers the important milestones of normal language development. It explores how delays in exposure affect the acquisition process in deaf and hard of hearing children, leading to the main topics of the second of the presentation: critical period effects and second language acquisitions. The presentation will reflect the perspective that acquisition studies on a broad variety of languages, both signed and spoken, are crucial for developing accurate theories of language structure and use.
Speaker: Peter Cook
Title: "Third Person in Deaf Walk: The Implications of Deaf Space in Visual Arts"
Description: What can be done to aestheticize the Deaf experience in visual works created by Deaf artists? Peter Cook will discuss the concept of the Deaf Space within visual arts and will encourage the participants to take a closer look at well-known works in term of constructive criticism.
Dinner (On your own): 6:00pm @ California Pizza Kitchen at Orem University Mall (575 E. University Pkwy, Orem, UT 84097)
CEU/CEH will be offered. A total of up to
0.625 CEUs/6.25 CEHs
Evening Entertainment: 6:00pm
(Not part of the Deaf Studies Mini-conference registration package)
Westlake High School: ASL Family Fun night
99 N 200 W Saratoga Springs, UT 84605
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Dr. Octavian E. Robinson is professor of Deaf Cultural and Creative Studies and History at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has chapters in three collections from Gallaudet University Press in addition to published work with Sage Publications, Facts on File Press, and Sign Language Studies. His research interests lie in intracommunity marginalization, respectability politics in the deaf community, and the politics surrounding sign language. He holds a Ph.D. degree in History from The Ohio State University.
Kathleen L. Brockway, ASL Rose Deaf History Researcher As a graduate of Model Secondary School for the Deaf, she has a B.S. in Business Management from University of Phoenix, Arizona. She also has published two books: Baltimore’s Deaf Heritage (2014) and Detroit’s Deaf Heritage (2016) with the Arcadia Publishing Company and traveled across the nation to give presentations such as Appreciating the American Deaf History & Culture. She became the Deaf History Researcher with ASL Rose since May 2017.
David Davenport is an assistant professor under the ASL/Interpreting Program at Salt Lake Community College. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University and a Master of Art degree in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. He has been teaching ASL for over fifteen years and has mentored many interpreters in various programs. David is a versatile individual with a wide range of talents such as teaching, storytelling, coordinating, training, remodeling, video editing, and other technology-related skills. David has developed ASL curriculum and assessment tools incorporating a new modern style of teaching and technology for his classes to enrich the learning experience for students. His interest are the modeling of language processing, linguistics, bilingualism, and early intervention and language development in Deaf and Hard-of-hearing.
Peter S. Cook, international-known Deaf poet and storyteller, is the Chair of the Columbia College Chicago’s ASL Department which consists of two BA programs: Deaf Studies and ASL-English Interpretation. He specializes in teaching ASL Literature and Deaf Art History. Peter was featured nationally in festivals and was invited to the White House to join the National Book Festival in 2003. Peter loves to tell stories to his son.
Bryan Eldredge is a professor of ASL & Deaf Studies at Utah Valley University where he teaches a variety of Deaf studies courses. He earned his Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology from the University of Iowa. In 2004 Bryan co-founded the Deaf Studies Today! conference. Hi book My Mother Made Me Deaf: Discourse and Identity in a Deaf Community was published by Gallaudet University Press in 2017. Bryan balances his academic work with a terminal fly fishing addiction which his wife, Julie, who is Deaf, patiently tolerates.
Julia Christensen is currently a student at Utah Valley University. She is a junior majoring in Deaf Studies with an emphasis in Interpreting. She is from Vancouver, Washington where she grew up and graduated high school. In her free time she enjoys hiking and photography.
Ariana Kennedy will receive her Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies from Utah Valley University in spring of 2018. Ariana is deaf and is the only deaf individual in her family. Growing up in a family where she was the only one who signed led her to want to help other families learn American Sign Language (ASL) so they can communicate with one another on a daily basis and develop lasting relationships. Ariana joined the Parent Infant Program at Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in 2015 as a deaf mentor. In her spare time, Ariana enjoys taking pictures, tinkering around with Photoshop, and hiking with the love of her life whom she married in 2005 and who is also Deaf.
Ben Jarashow, a California native, graduated from Gallaudet University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies. He obtained his Master’s degree in Deaf Studies: Cultural Studies in 2006, also from Gallaudet University. His Master’s thesis focused on developing criteria for a better quality of ABC storytelling. At the moment, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in the division of Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought of the European Graduate School. He teaches at Utah Valley University with the ASL & Deaf Studies program in the department of Languages and Cultures. He lives in Provo, Utah with his wife, Kat, their children, Boone, Cypress, and Wilder, and their dog, Roseanne Barr, a smelly Boston terrier.
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