Speaking People Only, Trailblazer, Gally Prez


check out the NY Times article about the Heart is a Lonely Hunter being re-written so that there is a spoken monologue at the beginning and end of the play and so that a speaking person can only qualify for the role of the classic Deaf-mute character http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/14/theater/14deaf.html?_r=1

petition to get the hearing actor to resign from the production is at: http://supportdeafactors.blogspot.com/



How do you define trailblazer? by now everyone knows that Tate Tullier has won the purple Dream Bigger award and a free round trip vacation as well as $10,000 going to his favorite charity (the Louisiana School for the Deaf) – congrats Tate and thank you for selecting a Deaf school to have the funds go to – May Louisiana School for the Deaf use the funds to enable their students to blaze new trails.

READERS: Now is your chance to make a nomination for a pioneering Deaf person that deserves our hand waves and “go, go, go” chant.  We have many many many unsung heros – so feel free to nominate someone, you’d like to see be recognized.



By now everyone knows Gallaudet BoT selected Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz as the 10th president of Gallaudet.  They also know what the T stands for so seems there are no secrets in the Deaf-world.   Congrats Dr. Hurwitz.  Many different reactions across the board – jubilation, disappointment, wait and see, uncertainty, indifference, etc.

Jubilation because wow, Gallaudet got a president without a protest.  Jubilation because Dr. Hurwitz is a new face and can mix things up a bit.

Disappointment because some wanted Rosen or Stern or Weiner.  Disappointment cuz many folks want Dr. Hurwitz to stay at NTID @ RIT.  Disappointment cuz when r we ever gonna have a Deaf woman president of a college that gets to stay?

Wait and see because some are unsure if Dr. Hurwitz will take a stand when needed or want to see who becomes the next president of NTID or just cuz they want to be non-committal until they see what other folks think and are saying.

Uncertainty because no one knows what this will mean for Gallaudet and NTID and cuz no one knows how well the congressional folks will be able to remember – oh ur lobbying for Gallaudet now, right not NTID.

Indifference because some folks say – doesn’t matter who is running any college – doesn’t make any difference to me what so ever.

Folks have asked me what i think and this is what i think:

Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz is a good man.  He is a man of the people – he does not put on airs.  I have not agreed with every decision he has ever made in his different posts at NTID nor have i agreed with every decision i have ever made in my life.  He did an admirable and just thing by revising his recommendation to the RIT board re: the AG Bell dorm name and plaque.  I know for many it was a slow and labored process and the name and plaque should have never been up there but many administrators had deep sixed the request to have them removed many times before it landed on Dr. Hurwitz’s desk.  He could have dug in and sought out a false peace but instead he took the risk and did the right thing.  It wasn’t easy and he needed some encouragement but he DID IT!  i don’t know who else would have who was able to raise to that level of administration (in getting that far up the rung most folks have internalized that the “system” is everything and the people secondary).  I have never had that impression with Dr. Hurwitz – he has shown genuine care, concern and commitment to the students, faculty and staff he has served with since becoming NTID VP (and last year title changed to president)

As with all good leaders – pushes for progress from the people are needed.

FD Roosevelt is quoted as having said:

“I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Comment to a group of reformers.

I certainly get tired of pushing but knowing that a leader is willing to change their decision on the side of justice leaves me hopeful that Dr. Hurwitz will never ignore student discontent and order for the arrest of 135 peaceful protesters




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