Program Agenda


The lectures by Kate Masur and C.R. Gibbs are free and open to the public. All other portions of the symposium are closed except for those who registered. Should you wish to see the Masur or Gibbs presentations, please contact Brian Greenwald at

Tuesday, April 8

3-6 p.m. Registration

Wednesday, April 9

7-8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30-8:55 a.m. Welcome
  • William T. Ennis, III, program chair
  • Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, president
  • Dr. John S. Schuchman, professor emeritus of history
  • Presentation of the John S. and Betty J. Schuchman Deaf History Award
  • Dr. Stephen F. Weiner, provost
9-9:45 a.m. "Civil War Washington, D.C.: An Example for All the Land"—Dr. Kate Masur (open)
9:45-10:45 a.m. Gallaudet - The Early Years
  • "Platt Skinner and the Founding of Gallaudet University"—Meredith Peruzzi
  • "Amos G. Draper at Gallaudet: His Legacy as a Student, Professor, Mentor, Friend and Caretaker"—Chris and Kim Kurz
10:45-11 a.m. Break
11 a.m.-noon "25 years of A Place of Their Own: Creating the Deaf Community in America"
Panelists: John Vickery Van Cleve, Brian H. Greenwald, Octavian Robinson, Joseph Murray, William T. Ennis, III
noon-1 p.m. Lunch
1-2:30 p.m. Women at Gallaudet
  • "Female Students Gain Entry at Gallaudet"—Arlene B. Kelly
  • "Elizabeth Peet: The Legacy of the Peet Family in Deaf Education"—Rebecca Edwards
  • "Nike is Deaf: Intersectionality and Spatiality in Gallaudet Women's Basketball"—Shannon Prince
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:45 p.m. The Life and Work of Andrew Foster
  • "Dr. Andrew Foster: From Gallaudet to Africa Improving Lives of Deaf People of Color"—Sandra Jowers
  • "Andrew Jackson Foster: The Man, the Vision, and the Thirty-Year Uphill Climb"—Isaac Agboola
  • "NBDA: Celebrating 30 Years of Building on Dr. Andrew Foster's Legacy of Leadership and Self-Help"—Glenn Anderson and Lindsay Dunn
  • "A Legend's Leadership Preparation at Gallaudet University: Impact on Deaf Education, Leadership and Advocacy Development in Nigeria"—Mary Dakim and C. Jonah Elewek

Thursday, April 10

7-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-9:15 a.m. "History of Brentwood Avenue"—C.R. Gibbs (open)
9:15-10:45 a.m. Department Histories
  • "In Good Hands: 150 Years of Deaf Philosophy"—Teresa Burke
  • "150 years of Science at Gallaudet!"—Michael Moore
  • "Transforming an 1864 College into a 1986 University: How Gallaudet's Premier Ph.D. in Special Education Administration Program Helped with the Process"-Angela McCaskill
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10:45-11 a.m. Break
11 a.m.-noon Department Histories
  • "The Pioneering Impact of Gallaudet University Theatre on America and the World"-Steve Baldwin and Bernard Bragg
  • "De'VIA: Deaf View/Image Art"—Tracey Salaway
Noon-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15-2:15 p.m. Alumni Reflections
  • "The 1960s Navy/NASA Experiments and Gallaudet Men"—Don Peterson, Harry Larson, and Jean Bergey
  • "Reflections on the Development of Filpino Sign Language by a Former Peace Corps Volunteer"-Daisy Cartwright
2:15-3:15 p.m. Sign Languages at Gallaudet
  • "Clerc and Gallaudet's Relationship on the Contemporary Signs We Use Today"—Emily Shaw
  • "EMG: Was His Visionary Leadership Formed and Influenced by his Coda Experience?"-Greg Propp
3:15-3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
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