University of Rochester

"Deaf Ethnicity: For and Against"

September 11, 2013

A Lecture on Deaf Culture by Harlan Lane

TIME, DATE, PLACE: 7 p.m., Sept. 25, Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Room, University of Rochester River Campus

WHAT: Harlan Lane, a specialist in the psychology of language and Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University, will give a talk on Deaf culture and ethnicity as guest speaker for the Neilly Series Lectures. While his research is focused on speech, sign language, and Deaf culture, Lane is also a critic of cochlear implants and an often controversial spokesperson for the Deaf community.

As chair of psychology at Northeastern, he founded the university's program of instruction in American Sign Language (ASL) and his own continuing program of sponsored research on ASL and Deaf culture. Earlier he established the Center for Research on Language and Language Behavior at the University of Michigan.

Lane is the author of numerous articles concerning speech, hearing, and the Deaf, and has written extensively on the social construction of disability. His most recent book is The People of the Eye: Deaf Ethnicity and Ancestry. Among his many honors he received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the International Social Merit Award of the World Federation of the Deaf, and the Order of Academic Palms (France).

The lecture is the first of this season's Neilly Series, sponsored by the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester.

ASL INTERPRETATION: An ASL interpreter is provided for the presentation.

ADMISSION: The talk is free and open to the public.

SPONSOR: River Campus Libraries with support from the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Endowed Fund.

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