Audism in the Deaf Community

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TIME:  7:30PM - 9:00PM (Eastern Time); 6:30PM - 8PM (Central Time)

Registration Deadline: May 3, 2021
Payment Deadline: May 4, 2021

Cost is $20.00 per webinar. If taking the webinar for RID CEUs, the cost is $30.00 per webinar. Each webinar is .15 RID CEUs. A certificate of participation will be issued after completion of a short quiz on the webinar topic.
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In the Deaf community, discourse on audism is rooted in oral traditions. Various literary expressions are visually channeled via testimonials, storytelling, and poetry in sign language, as a form of resistance and a process of self-liberation from audism. Too often, those experiences are not documented, categorized, nor explored in-depth for many reasons. In this webinar, Dr. Bahan analyzes the Deaf community’s chronicles of audism as part of a collective memory. He discusses numerous literary sources readily available. Thematic themes are summarized and explored, ultimately identifying proactive solutions to alleviate the rampant audism in our society.

Dr. Benjamin Bahan

Dr. Benjamin J. Bahan, professor of Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University, is known for his works in ASL Literature, Linguistics, Deaf Cultural Studies and Sensory Orientations. Literary works include “Birds of a Different Feather”, “Bleeva” and “The Ball Story”. He co-authored and co-directed A to Z: ABC Stories in ASL and the documentary film, Audism Unveiled and co-authored The Syntax of American Sign Language: Functional Categories and Hierarchical Structure and A Journey into the Deaf-World. He is currently the director of the Gesture Literacy Knowledge Studio.

Gallaudet University's Center for Continuing and Online Education, in partnership with the Deaf Studies Digital Journal and with support from the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, Research and Continuing and Online Education are proud to present an upcoming series of webinars on Audism in our communities. A group of world-class scholars have joined this series to discuss the impacts audism has upon Deaf people. It is important to note that the concept of audism has long been part of the Deaf community landscape, even before Dr. Tom L. Humpries coined the term in 1975. The collective discourses on the oppression experienced by Deaf people date back to the early nineteenth century, yet has not been analyzed in-depth even in today’s age.  To reaffirm society's commitment toward social equity, our educational webinars will allow a sustainable conversation on audism as a critical step toward a plural and inclusive society.

This is a series of seven live-webinars ranging from theoretical to practical that will be offered throughout the Spring 2021, and they will be delivered in American Sign Language. The format of these Zoom webinars will be 90 minutes long. They are divided into four parts: (1) Introductions: 5 minutes, (2) Main lecture: 50 minutes, (3) Q & A: 30 minutes (this will be moderated and translated into ASL from Q & A Panel in Zoom), and (4) Wrap up: 5 minutes.