Deaf Studies Utah – Vlog re: Dr. Paddy Ladd's Keynote Address

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short vlog re: Dr. Paddy Ladd’s Keynote Address at the Deaf Studies Today Conference at Utah Valley University

Please feel free to add comments re: ur own views on the keynote if u attended or offer any corrections or comments about the vlog

Dr. Ladd asked us to examine if our Deaf Studies are actually sites of colonialism or neo-colonialism

go to: for more info on the Deaf Studies conference and its keynotes

go to: to order past Deaf Studies conference proceedings

For more info on Dr. Maulana Karenga click his name (at bottom list of books) – google him for more articles and other publications

Common Curriculum in Black Studies programs:
Black History, Black Religion, Black Social Organization, Black Politics, Black Economics, Black Creative Production and Black Psychology

hope to vlog on some of the other Keynotes if i get a chance. Hopefully a more eloquent ASLer will beat me to it

biggest thanks and kudos to Bryan Eldredge, Flavia Fleischer, Will Garrow, Cynthia Plue, Brenda Schertz (De’VIA exhibit) and many others for organizing the conference


patti durr


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deaf Swedish
    Apr 16, 2008 @ 02:22:15

    Thanks for your share! Should we care about money to add the word “cultural” to the deaf studies? MJ, Ben, Arlene, Dirksen, Carol, and,… at the deaf studies dept at gally, What do you think about Deaf Cultural Studies dept. ? (curious)

  2. Noni Warner
    Apr 16, 2008 @ 06:18:32

    wow thanks for sharing with us! i wanted to go but things just did not work out – Bummer. anyway you mentioned if Deaf Studies are actually sitss of colonialism or neocolonialism – can you clarify?
    Also, i agree, we need more ‘meaty’ course focusing on a more indepth understanding of what really is Deaf culture not just superficial things that you just mentioned.
    thanks again for posting the vlog i really enjoyed watching it. would love to see more of that.

  3. deafutahhiker
    Apr 16, 2008 @ 10:34:16

    Hey, I was there as well and enjoyed Paddy Ladd’s speech as well. I also was at your preserving history workshop, which was fascinating as well! I’ll try to make a vlog about the workshops soon!

  4. deb ann
    Apr 16, 2008 @ 13:34:21

    I wish to go, and I’m waiting (hopefully) for the deafhood workshops in my home state. I just sent an email to Ella and hope to hear from her soon. My friend is trying to contact CAD to have it to be in Colorado. Thanks for your share!

  5. Lipstick
    Apr 17, 2008 @ 10:27:54

    Beautiful summary! Thank you! I was at DST and it was the BEST academic conference I have ever attended! I enjoyed your presentation about the HEART of Deaf Culture.

  6. pdurr
    Apr 17, 2008 @ 17:22:35

    1. Deaf Swedish – i dont think it will be that expensive to change the name to Deaf cultural studies as most materials r electronic so just a matter of typing and changing and catalogs get printed annually so easy to fix there

    2. Noni – the comment by Dr. Ladd about examining our own Deaf Studies programs to see if they r possible sites of colonialism wasnt really elaborated on in the presentation but if i recall right i think Paddy was noting that most Deaf Studies programs cater largely to hearing students and even some have hearing chairs and faculty. He noted that is a bit unusual. In Women’s Studies, Queer Studies, African-American studies the majority of students are people of the same cultural group. I think Paddy was asking us to examine how does teaching Deaf studies to predominantly hearing students affect the program itself. Very different audience which will affect the curriculum and also affect who becomes experts and teachers in the field later etc.

    3. Deaf Utah Hiker – yes pls make some vlogs on the workshops at the DS Today conference. Glad you enjoyed the Visual History workshop – its an important topic and i hope more folks will conduct videotaped interviews etc.

    4. Deb ann – i do hope you can bring the Deafhood workshop to your home state – they were awesome in Rochester

    5. Lipstick – glad u got to go to the conference. The Keynotes were awesome. Glad you liked the Heart of Deaf Culture presentation despite problems with the DVD running video clips.



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