Celebrating deaf history month

Published on: March 07, 2008

Show of Hands, the Lone Star College-North Harris student sign language club, is hosting several events in celebration of Deaf History Month, which covers a period of Mar. 13 through April 15.

The designated month is designed to bring awareness to particular key events in Deaf heritage including the opening of the American School for the Deaf on April 15, 1817; President Lincoln signing a charter establishing a college for the deaf-Gallaudet College (now University) on April 8, 1864; and Deaf President Now movement succeeding with I. King Jordan becoming president of Gallaudet University on Mar. 13, 1988.

From Mar. 5 through April 16, the LSC-North Harris library will be showcasing an exhibit pertinent to Deaf history and heritage, courtesy of Illuminations Arts, an organization striving to bridge the gap between the Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing communities through artistic activities through which audiences have the opportunity to encounter the performing arts in a dramatic new form, regardless of their ability to hear or sign. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Library.

On Mar. 29, 2 to 4 p.m., Bernard Bragg's, "Theatre in the Sky," performance will be held in the LSC-North Harris Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets are $10, $5 for students.

Bragg is one of the founders of the Tony-award winning-National Theater of the Deaf (NTD), a Deaf actor, director, playwright, lecturer, and internationally recognized as a leader in the Deaf entertainment industry. "'Theatre in the Sky' is designed to be a humorous, sometimes ridiculous but always heart-warming look back on my experiences of traveling the world," says Bragg.

For more information about any of the Deaf History Month events, contact Siana Williams at Siana.E.Williams@lonestar.edu or Professor Brian Kilpatrick at Brian.R.Kilpatrick@lonestar.edu

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit: NorthHarris.LoneStar.edu . 


Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including CyFair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and Lone Star College-University Center. It is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu .

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