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In the Shadow of Segregation: The Rise of the African-American Variety of Sign Language
September 10, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
facilitated by Dr. Joseph Hill
(part of the Conversations with the Community series sponsored by the African American Studies Progam)
The African American Studies Program presents the first event this year in the Conversations with the Community series. The effects of segregation may be seen in the study of education and language of deaf African-American people who attended special schools for the deaf during the era of segregation—otherwise known as Jim Crow. Dr. Joseph Hill will discuss the history of education for deaf black children, the distinct language patterns and items in the African-American variety of sign language, and the change in the sign language variety after desegregation. Dr. Hill, recipient of the 2012 National Black Association of Speech-Language Hearing Excellence Award coordinates UNCG’s ASL Teacher Licensure Program. He is the co-author of The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure (Gallaudet University Press).