Dr. Harlan Lane at U of R

Screen shot 2013-09-24 at 10.38.11 PMNote: entry updated with more specs on time and location

Dr. Harlan Lane is giving three important interpreted presentations at the University of Rochester tmw and thur Sept 25 and 26, 2013.   Dr. Lane has published several important books on Deaf history, Deaf equality, and Deaf ethnicity.  (See When the Mind Hears, Mask of Benevolence, Journey into the Deaf-World, People of the Eye: Deaf Ancestry and Ethnicity (with Pillard and Hedberg)

Lane’s lectures at U of R are:

1) Neilly Series lecture:  Harlan Lane is speaking on Wednesday, Sept 25 as part of the Neilly Series of lectures; his topic is Deaf Ethnicity:  For and Against”; the presentation is in the Hawkins Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library  at 7 pm.  It is  free and open to the public and the U of R community. Parking int he Library Lot (free).
2) U of R  presentation in Hellen Wood Hall on Thursday Sept 26 at noon hour in Room 1 W510 .  His topic is  ” Do Deaf People Have a Disability? ” (for a more medical/healthcare focused audience)
3) Corner Society for History of Medicine at the Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Ave.,  on Thursday evening 5:30 – 6:30 pm (refreshments) and lecture 6:30 – 7:30 pm; his topic is  “Origins of At the American Deaf World” .



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. PopeMistress
    Sep 28, 2013 @ 14:49:12

    Oh wow! I wish I could go watch his nbr 2 HOT topic: “Do Deaf People Have Disability?” and view the medical workers and healthcare workers questions and discussions. Did you have the chance to go all of his 3 different topics lecture? Sorry if I seem have no patience to wait for the update news about Harlan Lane in Rochester.

  2. handeyes
    Sep 28, 2013 @ 15:36:48

    Shawn – i have no patience either ; )
    I was sick with a horrible stomach bug and was well enough to teach Thur then go to his thur evening lecture. Was VERY interested in how the afternoon session went with the medical workers and healthcare folks but no idea.

    Its a hard audience to try to shift their p.o.v. given their profession but my bestest pal is a doctor and she totally understands Deafhood; yet, knows her profession is often over eager to “fix.”

    The thur evening event lecture on the Founding of the Deaf-World in the US was hosted by the Corner Society for History of Medicine at the Rochester Academy of Medicine and the folks there seemed receptive to his presentation. He focused on the genealogy of Thomas Brown as he is 2nd generation Deaf who married a Deaf woman from Martha’s Vineyard and from there grew a strong Deaf community via their offsprings and cousins etc

    Lane showed how the community of MV (recessive gene based) had access to MV Sign Language and largely came from Hearing parent(s) carrying the recessive gene so while there was a high % of Deaf folks (chilmark had up to 25% Deaf – 1 out of ever 4 people i believe) those Deaf folks didnt necessarily have 2 Deaf parents nor did they necessarily have Deaf offsprings so a CULTURAL IDENTITY of Deaf as ethnicity did not really develop that much even though clearly it was a genetic trait and feature of the island.

    Whereas the Henniker, NH Deaf gene of Thomas Brown’s relations was clearly a Dominant gene that when from Parent to child to next generation and on – just creating continuity and a consciousness of what it means to be DEAF in a Hearing world since the folks around them did not sign. Boundaries were much stronger and contributed to many characteristics that sustain ethnicity – marrying Deaf-same, using ASL, setting up rituals (they had memorials / tributes to Clerc and Gallaudet as Thomas Brown and others were graduates of ASD), creation of art (they made a beautiful pitcher to memorialize T. Gallaudet and Clerc coming to US – i got to see the real thing when i was at Gallaudet U recently – its right outside the presidents office), etc.

    Thomas Brown founded the New England Gallaudet Association – they even wrote up a constitution. Huge number of Deaf folks congregated at Brown’s family farm to hatch out the Constitution for the welfare / well being of the Deaf later this organization would evolve to become the NAD

    basically my read of Dr. Lane’s presentation is similar to my response to Ella Mae Lentz very first vlog about reclaiming Deaf-Mute. Deaf of Deaf (particularly of the dominant gene) are really the main life blood of the DEAF ASL-World.

    i suspect this is one of the main reasons why science has been so interested in “correcting” deafness genetically. If they kill off the Deaf dominant gene – say good bye folks. yeah sure we will still see daphne signing on switched at birth and a few cameo appearances here and there but Sean Berdy and others will be bye bye.

    Still cant believe how many Deaf people lined up for their FREE Connexin 26 testing. NEVER give away your DNA folks and know when geneticist and scientist come a-calling for your gene pool it is not to make MORE of you.

    Since ethnicity as shown in Lane, Pillard and Hedberg’s book is not solely a blood / gene characteristic but can also be a cultural construct amongst people who share a language, values, heritage, possessions/artificats and norms of behavior – it is critical that we see the importance of Dominant gene Deaf folks as being the primary conduit of Deaf ethnicity

    one person in the audience explained that she was an anthropologist and asked if his work had broader application as she found it highly intriguing and informative. Dr. Lane in his characteristically brilliant fashion addressed her questions by first asking what she was thinking in asking it. He also emphasized the value of Deaf gain – since this is such a recent emergence of an ethnicity and it can be more readily and easily tracked via US census info etc its findings may lend itself to understanding and postulating about other ethnic groups and their evolution

    at least that is how i took their exchange via my understanding of the interpreter.

    if i learn about the other two lectures ill let u know

    the first one establishing what Deaf Ethnicity Is and is not – i assume was similar to the one he had given at NTID 2 years before and is based on his book People of the Eye which i have read.

    the 2nd one i am curious about as are u

    added: i suspect his answer to the Are Deaf a disability? question is NO based on the paper he gave at the Deaf Studies Today Utah conference several years ago and the subsequent articles on the subject and the recent book People of the Eye: Deaf Ethnicity and Ancestry

    much peace


  3. PopeMistress
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 08:56:18

    Wow. Thanks so much for the update report. Is ther any media videos of his 3 topic lecture in NTID?

  4. handeyes
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 13:54:07

    his lectures were at U of R and the Rochester Academy of Medicine not at NTID. I don’t know if the other 2 were videotaped. The lecture i attended – didnt see an video recording.

    He did present at NTID in March of 2012 – i can ask around if anyone videotaped it and if its up online.



  5. Mel
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 04:42:23

    Im just passing through, Harlan Lane gave me the the info to find the best advocate for my son after I reading his work…. generous and empathetic man

  6. handeyes
    Dec 01, 2013 @ 17:05:03

    aw thanks Mel. I’ve been very impressed by Lane’s head and heart. Re: ur son – if i remember right Lane referred u to Larry Fleischer for an IEP meeting and Larry worked his truth-magic. It is wonderful when an ally researches, publishes, shares, supports and then always says – put the Deaf folks first – let them do the talking as they live the walking and KNOW best. Thank you for stopping by. Hope all is well with you and yours.

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