ASL Spring 2018 Lecture Series: "Fighting in the Shadows: Untold Stories of Deaf People in the Civil War"

Mar 15, 2018 at - | Claudia Cohen Hall; Room G-17 (auditorium)

The ASL Program in the Department of Linguistics is pleased to announce the ASL Lecture Series event for Spring 2018.

Dr. Harry Lang of Rochester Institute of Technology will present "Fighting in the Shadows: Untold Stories of Deaf People in the Civil War" in Claudia Cohen Hall //www.google.com/maps/place/Claudia+Cohen+Hall/@39.9513668,-75.194669,15z/data=%214m5%213m4%211s0x0:0x2e70d060d29bc757%218m2%213d39.9513668%214d-75.194669" class="moz-txt-link-rfc2396E"><https://www.google.com/maps/place/Claudia+Cohen+Hall/@39.9513668,-75.194669,15z/data=%214m5%213m4%211s0x0:0x2e70d060d29bc757%218m2%213d39.9513668%214d-75.194669>, room G-17 (auditorium) on Thursday, March 15, from 5:30-7 PM. (Note the slightly later time than usual.)

Light refreshments will be served following the talk and a social hour will continue until 8PM.

This event is free and open to the public.  The presentation will be in ASL; voice interpretation will be provided for non-signing audience members.

The abstract and bio can be found below.

For questions about the presentation, please contact Jami Fisher, ASL Program Coordinator, Department of Linguistics: jami@upenn.edu

Please feel free to share with anyone who might be interested. 



Deaf and hard-of-hearing people were extensively involved in the American Civil War, yet no detailed summary has previously been published on their participation. In */Fighting in the Shadows: Untold Stories of Deaf People in the Civil War, /*//Harry Lang summarizes the extensive involvement of deaf people during this national crisis.  In this presentation, he will focus on how teachers and students in Northern and Southern schools for the deaf were involved in the conflict -- as soldiers, writers, and in support of the ideas and the armies on both sides of the conflict.

Harry G. Lang, professor emeritus at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, has written extensively about about the history of deaf people. He graduated from Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Bethany College (West Virginia), his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from RIT, and his doctorate in Education from University of Rochester. Selected works include /Edmund Booth: A Deaf Pioneer; Teaching from the Heart and Soul: The Robert F. Panara Story; and Deaf Persons in the Arts and Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary /(co-authored with Bonnie Meath-Lang).