Gallaudet University has received a $1,300 award to host a six-week program series funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities entitled "Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience" This series was a six-week public program featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions designed to encourage informed discussion on immigration issues against the backdrop of our immigration history.

The Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center at Gallaudet hosted the "Becoming American" series. Films represented a selection of diverse immigration experiences drawn from both the past and the present. At each film screening we strived to add a "Deaf lens" to the topics raised via discussion. William Ennis, III, Ph.D., introduced each film, provide historical context and co-moderate discussions.

Gallaudet University was one of thirty-two sites nationwide selected to host this program series which was a project by City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. "Becoming American" was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

The "Becoming American" film series was co-hosted by Multicultural Student Development and Mentoring and the National Deaf Life Museum.

For further information about the program contact

Blue sepia image of dozens of immigrants carrying suitcases and boxes being funneled into a single line, most of the women wear headscarves typical of the early 20th century, the man in the front is wearing a tag. Words “Becoming American” are in white typeface in the center.  Under the image “A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience.”

Four sponsors of Becoming American Series: City Lore, National Endowment for the Humanities, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Immigration & Ethnic History Society.