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Campus Week of Dialogue (Oct. 27-31)


Martina Bienvenu

RIT’s Commission for Promoting Pluralism is hosting the 11th annual Campus Week of Dialogue, Oct. 27-31. The annual event offers campus members an opportunity to build relationships, acknowledge and understand the needs of the RIT campus community, and engage in conversation geared towards increasing the comfort level when talking about diversity-related issues.

The keynote address, 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 27 in Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union, will be delivered by Martina Bienvenu, professor, Gallaudet University, and educator, author and deaf advocate. Bienvenu will present Deaf Culture and Deafhood, and will touch upon the concept of audism, defined as bias toward deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals. Audism is often based on judgment about one’s intelligence, language capabilities and competencies in educational and work settings. A question-and-answer session immediately follows the talk.

Free dialogue sessions include:

&9632; Noon-1:30 p.m. Oct. 28—Diversity within the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture: A Panel Discussion by Patricia Durr, professor, NTID

■ 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 29—Audism Unveiled, moderated by professors Barbara Ray Holcomb and J. Matt Searls

■ Noon-1:30 p.m. Oct. 30—Signing in Public Spaces by Peter Hauser

■ 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Oct. 31—Hearing Professors, Deaf Students, Interpreters, Note-takers and C-Print Staff: Building a Team for Academic Success, presented by Rebecca Edwards

All sessions will be held in the NTID Student Development Center.

For a complete list of scheduled talks and activities, visit www.diversity.rit.edu.

Vienna Carvalho

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