In collaboration with Wolf Humanities Center, the University of Pennsylvania ASL Program in the Department of Linguistics is pleased to announce the Fall 2022 ASL Lecture Series event to be presented by Dr. Brian Greenwald,  Professor of History and Director of the Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center at Gallaudet University.

The title of the  presentation is “Deaf Humanities: Documenting the Lived Experiences of Deaf People”  The lecture will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 5:30-7 PM as an in-person event at the University of Pennsylvania, Meyerson Hall, B-1, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, as well as livestreamed.  The abstract and bio are detailed below and a flier is attached. 

The lecture will be presented in ASL with ASL/English interpretation provided.  It is free and open to the public.  

To register for the lecture, please see more details here: https://wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/events/deaf-humanities and click Register at the top right.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jami Fisher, Director of ASL, Department of Linguistics: jami@sas.upenn.edu



Why do we document the lived experiences of Deaf people? How might we learn from a group that has been treated and valued as less than equal to their hearing peers? Through filmed interviews, archival research, and public events, historian Brian Greenwald and Gallaudet University’s Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center examine the physical, cultural, and linguistic human difference of being Deaf in the United States, revealing common histories and diverse perspectives.


Brian H. Greenwald, PhD is professor of History and Director of the Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Center at Gallaudet University. He is co-editor of two books In Our Own Hands: Essays in Deaf History, 1870-1970 and A Fair Chance in the Race of Life: The Role of Gallaudet University in Deaf History. Dr. Greenwald received a NEH grant to gain an understanding of New York City life through documenting the experiences of Deaf New Yorkers across race, generational, and borough boundaries. Currently, he is studying the intersections of eugenics, medicine, and education at California School for the Deaf during the first third of the twentieth century. He has presented widely on topics in American Deaf history. Most recently, he was recognized as the Distinguished Faculty at Gallaudet University in 2022. He resides in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Rebecca and two boys.