ASL Lecture Series

Once a semester, the ASL and Deaf Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania hosts a lecture on a topic relevant to Sign Language and Deaf Studies.  The following is a list of past events.  For those who have agreed to make their presentations public, we have included a link to a video recording of the event linked to the title of the talk.

Spring 2024: Dr. Anna Lim, Boston University, “The Curious Case of a Multilingual and Multiethnic Deaf Immigrant”

Fall 2023: Dr. Octavian Robinson, Gallaudet University, “Revolutionary Acts and the Deaf President Now Movement”

Spring 2023: Dr. Alim Chandani, “Advancing the Deaf Community in India”

Fall 2022: Dr. Brian Greenwald, Gallaudet University, “Deaf Heritage”

Spring 2022: Sanchu Iyer and Amandine le Maire, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland: “Deaf People on the Move”

Fall 2021: Tawny Holmes Hlibok, Esq. “The Juxtaposition of Sign Language Policy”

Spring 2021: Dr. Annemarie Kocab, “The Origins of Language: Evidence from Nicaraguan Sign Language”

Fall 2020: Dr. Teresa Burke, “Parent Choices, Language Choice, and Deaf Flourishing”

Spring 2020: Dr. Joseph Hill, “The Past, Present, and Future of Black ASL”

Fall 2019: Dr. Erin Moriarty Harrelson, “An Ethnography of Deaf Tourist Mobilities”

Spring 2019: Dr. Jon Henner, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, “Variability is the Spice of Life”

Fall 2018: Ritchie Bryant, ASL Instructor, NTID/Rochester Institute of Technology, “Think Me Nuthin”

Spring 2018: Dr. Harry Lang, Professor Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology. “Fighting in the Shadows: Untold Stories of Deaf People in the Civil War”

Fall 2017:  Dr. Terra Edwards, Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University. “Language for a Protactile World: social and interactional foundations of language emergence in DeafBlind communities.”

Spring 2017: Dr. Joseph Murray and Dr. Brian Greenwald,  Gallaudet University. “Our Historical Memory: The National Deaf-Mute College and Alexander Graham Bell”

Fall 2016:  Dr. Erin Wilkinson, Associate Professor, University of Manitoba. “Lexical Access in Deaf Bilinguals”

Spring 2016:  Dr. Octavian Robinson, Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross.  “”Ableist Rhetoric at the Turn of the 20th Century”

Fall 2015:  Dr. Ronice Müller de Quadros, Professor at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Brazil.  “Sign Language Policies/Language Planning

Spring 2015:  Dr. Carol Padden, Professor of Communication and Dean of the Division of Social Science, University of California, San Diego. “The co-emergence of meaning and structure in new sign languages”

Fall 2014:  Mark Drolsbaugh, “Madness in the Mainstream”

Spring 2014:  Dr. Karen Emmorey, Distinguished Professor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, San Diego State University, “The Signing Brain.”

Fall 2013Dr. Peter Hauser, Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, “How Deaf Children Learn.”

Spring 2013Dr. Ceil Lucas, Professor, and Dr. Carolyn McCaskill, Professors, Gallaudet University, “Black ASL: a historical and linguistic overview.”

Fall 2012: Dr. Ted Supalla, Professor, Georgetown School of Medicine, “The Role of Historical Research in Understanding Sign Language Typology, Variation, and Change”

Spring 2012:  Dr. Joseph Murray,  Assistant Professor, Gallaudet University, “Adapting to the Global: Communities of the Deaf and the Rise of International Sign

Fall 2011:  Teresa Burke, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Gallaudet University, “Genetic Alteration: The Ethics of Creating Deaf Persons”

Spring 2011:  Gene Mirus, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Gallaudet University, “Going Beyond the 4 Parameters: Examining the Role of Joints in ASL”

Fall 2010:  Adrian Blue, Deaf actor and director: “Theatre is all about ‘Language'”

Spring 2010:  Donna Jo Napoli, Ph.D., Professor of Linguistics, Swarthmore College, “Simultaneity in Signed Languages”

Spring 2010:  Arkady Belozovsky, Brown University ASL Program Coordinator, “Whose ASL Is It?”

Fall 2009:   Larry Taub, Ed.D, Headmaster, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

Spring 2009:  E. Lynn Jacobowitz, PhD, Gallaudet University, “ASL Handshape Stories:  Strategies Using ASL Cherology and Deaf Culture

Spring 2008:  Carol Padden, PhD, University of California, San Diego, “Sign Languages in the Age of Cochlear Implants”

Spring 2008:  Ann Calamia and Catherine Miller, writer/director and producer of the film,Universal Signs.  Presentation to Penn community.

Fall 2008:  Christopher Krentz, PhD, University of Virginia.  “Writing Deafness, from Laurent Clerc to Mark Twain”

Fall 2007:  Victor Palenny, PhD.  Russian Deaf researcher on Deaf Education and Art  “The Intersection of Russian and American Deaf Education”

Spring 2007:  Ryan Commerson, Deaf Activist and Educator, “Deaf Activism and Hearing Allies”

Fall 2006:  Trix Bruce, ASL performer and storyteller

Spring 2006:  Sandy Duncan, Coordinator for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for the Deaf and Deaf-Blind.  “Deafness:  One Man’s Perspective”

Fall 2005:  Mark Drolsbaugh, author and school counselor.   “Anything but Silent”