Signs and Voices: Language, Arts, and Identity from Deaf to Hearing
November 11-14, 2004
At Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr Colleges

All events are free and open to the public.
Interpreters (from English to ASL and/or from ASL to English) and CART are supplied at all events except those where they would not be helpful.



Art Exhibit

CEU's for Teachers, ASL teachers, and Certified Interpreters

Children's Activities

Directions and Maps (including campus maps)





Another event of interest at Haverford College:


Thursday, Nov. 11 - at Swarthmore College (Upper Tarble)

7:30 p.m. -    Two comedy routines followed by a reception

Welcome by Donna Jo Napoli (SC faculty)

Introduction by Carol Finkle (of Creative Access of Philadelphia)

>      Kathy Buckley.  Kathy is deaf and will perform orally. She is audacious, funny, moving, and inspiring.

>      Ken Glickman.  Ken is deaf and uses primarily ASL. He presents a view of Deaf culture from the perspective of a Deaf comedian.

Both entertain with humor and grace, exploring absurdities and frustrations common to people who, for one reason or another, fall outside the expectations of the mainstream.

Opening-Night Reception catered by Dennis Dillahunt, chef extraordinaire, who is deaf

Friday, Nov. 12 - at Swarthmore College (Science Center 101)

3:00-5:00 p.m. -  Reception for Art Exhibit. All are invited to McCabe Library Lobby for the opening of the art exhibit, which includes sculpture, painting, photography (see below).

4:30 p.m. -    Carol Padden - Introduced by Shannon Allen (alumna of SC and teacher at PSD) "Deaf Communities the World Over:
The Past, Present and Future of Deafness"

Carol is Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego.  She is deaf and has written prolifically on ASL linguistics.

7:30 p.m. -    Panel:  "Practical and Theoretical Issues of Educating Children with Hearing Loss"

Panelists - Introduced by Sister Kathleen Schipani (of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Deaf Apostolate):

>      Marsha Dworkin is the Supervisor of Hearing, Language, and ESL Programs for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. She will inform us about oral education options in public schools from birth to twenty-one. She is hearing.

>      Dan Salvucci is the Director of Program Development of the Clarke Pennsylvania Auditory/Oral Center in Bryn Mawr, and will inform us about oral education for people with hearing loss. He is hearing.

>      Joe Fischgrund is the headmaster at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and is an expert on language acquisition. He is hearing.

>      Irene Leigh teaches in Clinical Psychology at Gallaudet University, is deaf, and is on the board of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Her presentation will be on identity issues related to cochlear implants.

>      Louise Montoya, from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, will discuss the mental health, social and cultural aspects of cochlear implants for kids and families.She is hearing.

Cookies and punch by Cookies 4 Charity

Saturday, Nov. 13 - morning at Bryn Mawr College, late afternoon and evening at Haverford College

10:00 a.m. -  David Corina (BMC - Thomas Great Hall) - Introduced by Paul Grobstein (BMC faculty) "Brain and Language: Insights from Studies of American Sign Language"

David is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington, and his research is on the cognitive and neural representations of human language and verbal memory, studying users of ASL. He is hearing.

1:30 p.m. -    Panel:  "Civil Rights for All People with Hearing Loss" (BMC - Thomas Great Hall)

Panelists - Introduced by Debora Sherman (HC faculty):

>      Gregory Hlibok is deaf and works in the Disability Rights Office of the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission.  His presentation will be on civil rights.

>      Maggie Casteel is hard of hearing and is the Communications Specialist/Consultant at the Pittsburgh Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH).  She is trained in Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) and is committed to advancing knowledge about the available equipment and services.

>      Christy Hennessey is deaf and is the program director for the deaf and hard-of-hearing services at Independent Resources in Wilmington, Delaware.  She will talk primarily about employment issues.  (This is not her website, but you can at least read a bit about her.)

>      Tony Saccente is deaf and runs Deaf Services at Housing Work, an organization that provides services, housing, and advocacy to people who are HIV positive and homeless.  He leads a support group for clients who are deaf and are HIV positive and for other people who are deaf and who have been affected by the epidemic.  He also runs a peer education group which trains the participants to do outreach into the community.

At this point the conference moves to Haverford College.

4:00 p.m. -    Brenda Jo Brueggemann (HC - Sharpless Hall) - Introduced by Kristen Lindgren (HC faculty) “Global Deaf Studies: Places and Spaces”

Brenda Jo is Associate Professor of English at the Ohio State University.  She is hard of hearing and writes in her book Lend Me Your Ear: Rhetorical Constructions of Deafness and elsewhere about "passing" and about negotiating hearing, deaf, and Deaf worlds in her personal and professional lives.

7:30 p.m. -    Flying Words Project (HC - Sharpless Hall), followed by a reception - Introduced by Brenda Jo Brueggemann (conference presenter) and Susan Burch

Peter Cook is a poet and storyteller who is deaf and signs, and Kenny Lerner, who is on the faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology, is his hearing voice. Their performances are energetic, involving, and enlightening. To watch a bit of The Flying Words Project, click here.

Evening Reception

Sunday, Nov. 14 - at Swarthmore College (PAC Stage)

1:00 p.m. -    Artistic performances by children from The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and a dance performance by The Wild Zappers, followed by a storytelling workshop and closing reception.

Closing Address by Connie Hungerford (SC Provost)

The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf student performance - Introduced by Shannon Allen  (SC alumna and teacher at PSD)

SC students in Donna Jo Napoli's Linguistics class will spend the fall semester working on rhythm and movement with a first-grade class; this performance will be the culmination of that project. Shannon is the children's teacher.

The Wild Zappers - Introduced by Carol Finkle (of Creative Access of Philadelphia)

The Wild Zappers are an all-male dance group that seeks to enrich professional arts for people with hearing loss, especially males, as they focus on the beauty of dance, theater, and sign language, while providing an uplifting experience for all types of audiences. They build on African-American dance traditions, They are deaf.

Joseph Ward - Introduced by Doreen DeLuca  (SC faculty)

Joe is the Accounting Coordinator and Social Rehab Coordinator of the Center on Hearing and Deafness in West Chester, PA, and a wonderful storyteller in ASL.  He is deaf.

Closing reception

Art Exhibit:

An art exhibit will be on view in McCabe Library, at Swarthmore College from October 25 through November 30. All of these artists are deaf or losing their hearing. Included will be:

There will be an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 12, from 3-5pm in the McCabe Library. All are invited.


Teachers can receive Act 48 hours (CEU's) for attending and participating in the conference. ASL teachers may acquire Clock Hours for ASLTA. For both groups, there will be forms for you to fill out at the conference. You do not need to do anything ahead of time and this is offered at no cost to you.

Certified Sign Language Interpreters may acquire RID CEU’s through the Deaf Hearing Communication Centre, Inc, at a small cost. Those interested should contact Maria Elia prior to the first day of the conference. You can also telephone her at (610) 742-5466.

Children's Activities:

Children are welcome at all events. However, we offer arts and crafts activities at Swarthmore on Friday and at Bryn Mawr and Haverford on Saturday, so that their parents can attend the lectures and panels without them, if they wish. Please note that we are not equipped to include infants or toddlers in these activities. If you plan on using these services, please let Sarah know, so we can keep track of how many children to expect. Thank you.



If you would like to exhibit materials appropriate for the attendees of this conference, please contact Alan. Limited table space is availabe, all at no cost. Thank you.


We are grateful to the generous support of:

Access Services at Bryn Mawr College
Art Department at Swarthmore College
Associates of the Swarthmore College Library
Black Studies at Swarthmore College
Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College
Center for Science in Society at Bryn Mawr College
Cognitive Science at Swarthmore College
Dance Forum at Swarthmore College
Dance Program at Swarthmore College
Disability Services at Haverford College
Distinguished Visitors Program at Haverford College
Educational Studies Department at Swarthmore College
English Literature Department at Swarthmore College
Feminist and Gender Studies Program at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges
Forum for Free Speech at Swarthmore College
Hurford Humanities Center at Haverford College
Lang Center for Social Responsibility at Swarthmore College
Linguistics Department at Swarthmore College
Mellon Trico Forum at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges
Modern Languages and Literatures Department at Swarthmore College
Music and Dance Department at Swarthmore College
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
President's Office at Bryn Mawr College
President's Office at Haverford College
President's Office at Swarthmore College
Psychology Department at Swarthmore College
Sager Foundation at Swarthmore College
Student Budget Committee at Swarthmore College
Thatcher Fund at Swarthmore College
Theater Department at Swarthmore College
William J. Cooper Foundation at Swarthmore College


Students attending the conference are offered crash housing for free by our students.  If you are interested, you must bring your own sleeping bag and reserve a spot for whatever nights you plan on staying by e-mailing Sara.

Faculty and staff of Swarthmore College have offered housing at little or no cost (no more than $20 per person per night) to people attending the conference. You do not have to be a student to take advantage of this offer. There are a limited number of rooms available, and they will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis. These are rooms in private houses, with use of a bathroom and welcoming smiles, but no breakfast. If you would like to reserve a spot, please contact Kerstin.

There are several inns, motels, and bed and breakfasts in the vicinity of Swarthmore College.

Bed and Breakfasts (all within walking distance of the college):

The Longfellow House
Joane Cline, Proprietor
124 Park Avenue, Swarthmore
(610) 544-4588 or (866) 830-3111

Magnolia House
314 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore
(610) 544-6779

Purcell Darrell House
Cathy and Chris Darrell, Proprietors
315 North Chester Road, Swarthmore
(610) 690-4421


Media Inn
E. Baltimore Avenue, Media
(610) 566-6500

The Raven Motel
State Street & Providence Road, Media
(610) 891-1560

Motel Providence
Providence Road & Franklin, Media
(610) 566-6480

Alpine Motor Lodge
650 Baltimore Pike, Springfield
(610) 544-4700

Parkway Inn
675 Baltimore Pike, Springfield
(610) 543-0555


There are many relatively inexpensive restaurants within walking distance of or a short drive from each of the colleges.  However, attendees are invited to buy lunch and/or dinner in the campus dining halls.  The cost is $5.00 per person for lunch and $7.50 per person for dinner, and you can pay at the door.


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