History of the American Deaf Community

HIUS / ASL 3081
Fall 2019

This course will examine the history of deaf people in America until 1990, with particular attention to the emergence and evolution of a community of deaf people who share a distinct sign language and culture. Among other topics, we will consider how hearing society has treated deaf people and the reasons for this treatment; how deaf people have explained and advocated for themselves; how the deaf community adds to and complicates our understanding of linguistic and ethnic minorities and of disabled people in the United States; and what changing views of deaf people reveal about the history of America in general. The class will feature some lecture but will also include open discussion and other cooperative learning exercises.

Instructor: Christopher Krentz