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Underground Tunnels Revealed: Unearthing the History of Black Deaf Education

Friday, February 28 at 9:00am

Knight Library, Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR

Black History Month is usually a time to explore, remember, and celebrate the journey and lives of Black Americans. However, during this month, only certain Black Americans and stories are highlighted. This presentation will explore untold stories of Black history – Black Deaf Americans.

The Deaf experience is often mistaken as a White experience and the Black experience is often only understood as a hearing experience. However, both are untrue. This interactive presentation will challenge the historical invisibility of Black Deaf communities with a specific focus on education. There is a past of racism and audism particularly within Black Deaf educational systems. However, there has been a complicated relationship of oppression, resistance, and collaboration among Black hearing and Deaf people. Black Deaf educational challenges have yet to be resolved. The research that guides this presentation looks at the historical relationship between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Black Deaf education in the 1860s-1930s.

Lissa D. Stapleton, assistant professor at California State University Northridge in the Department of Deaf Studies and core faculty for the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program, received the PhD from Iowa State University in education with an emphasis in higher education and social justice and a minor in women’s studies. 

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