Stories of Deaf Returned Peace Corps Volunteers



Stories of Deaf Returned Peace Corps Volunteers is a short documentary produced by Gideon Firl, ‘21, who started his internship at the Schuchman Center before the pandemic and completed the film while working remotely. The 14-minute film uses images from Deaf Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and interview clips filmed in 2011 by Elizabeth Sorkin. The film highlights the relationships between Peace Corps Volunteers and communities they served, as well as the reciprocal learning that took place.

  • Producer: Gideon Firl
  • Advisors: Norma Morán, RPCV, Kenya (2000-03), and Allen Neece, RPCV, Kenya, Zambia, Guyana (2007-2011)

Zoom Webinar Event

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In Our Own Words: Deaf Perspectives in Oral History and Public History
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM EST
For more information and register here.


NYC StoryMap

After two years of research, Brianna DiGiovanni, a graduate intern in the Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center, created a "Story Map" about Deaf New York City. See Brianna's announcement and be sure and view the Story Map!  https://arcg.is/049fen

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Apart + Connected

Deaf life during the pandemic was the subject of a May 12, 2020 panel discussion hosted by the Center.  Five Deaf New Yorkers: Roxanna Aguilo, Carlos Aponte-Salcedo, Jr., Patrice Creamer, Marina Fanshteyn, and Alexandria Pucciarelli-Miller shared cultural, physical and access issues.  The panelists, one from each NYC borough, responded to questions from Gallaudet History major and soon-to-be graduate student Brianna DiGiovanni, '20.  The 1 hour panel is online here.

This panel was part of a documentation effort that received major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (Grant # - ZH-252962) and ZVRS/Purple.  Additional support came from the Gary S. & Margaret D. Anderson Family Foundation, the Kantor Foundation, the Hebrew Association of the Deaf, Union League of the Deaf, and numerous individuals.

Apart + Connected poster using NYC subway style - it says "Watch online"

Deaf NYC Story

People enjoy a ladying signing a story.

Challenge Grant Awarded for Deaf NYC Story Gallaudet's newly renamed Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center (formerly the Center for Deaf Documentary Studies) is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a major challenge grant.  To read more, click here.

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The Deaf NYC project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and ZVRS.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Deaf NYC project: ZH-252962 do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

About the National Endowment for the Humanities:

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

APART + CONNECTED: NYC Deaf Life During the Pandemic Virtual Panel May 12, 2020

You're Invited! Please join the Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center for a virtual panel: Tuesday, May 12, 2020. 1-2 p.m. EST

The Washington Post mentions the Schuchman Center's project.

07/16/19,
An online exhibit about Deaf printers is the latest project by the Schuchman Center.

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