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Patricia Durr

Associate Professor
Department of Cultural and Creative Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

585-475-6830
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60-1283

Patricia Durr

Associate Professor
Department of Cultural and Creative Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Instructional/Support Faculty

Education

BA, Le Moyne College; MS, University of Rochester

585-475-6830

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Currently Teaching

NHSS-275
3 Credits
This course introduces students to Deaf Cultural Studies using stories about the Deaf experience. Students will interpret works in visual art, film, performing arts, and literature (ASL and English). Students will learn how historical/social/political and intersectional context, Deaf cultural values, and themes and symbols influence our interpretation of these creative works. Finally, the importance of collective memories for preserving Deaf cultural norms/values and promoting social justice will be addressed.
NHSS-248
1 - 3 Credits
Applies technical, performing, script analysis, stage management, and other skills to an actual theatrical production. Students contract with a faculty mentor for responsibilities and the appropriate credit expectations. In addition to production responsibilities, students are expected to complete reading and writing assignments connected to the production. This course is repeatable for credit.
FNRT-440
3 Credits
Students will examine the context in which specific cultural groups have chosen to create works about their experiences. They will go on to explore a wide range of artistic works representing the Deaf experience in visual arts and cinema. Students will be expected to analyze works in terms of cultural symbols and themes. Attention will be given to historical context (personal and collective) that has helped to shape many of these works, motifs, and messages. Students will write and present in-depth papers examining specific works and artists/filmmakers. In addition, students will be expected to create an original artwork and a collaborative short film.
NHSS-279
3 Credits
Using a seminar approach, this course gives students the opportunity for focused, in-depth study of a specialized topic in the field of Deaf Cultural Studies. Specific topics vary from semester to semester, and address such areas as language and communication, the arts in Deaf culture, identity and diversity in the Deaf community, and political, social and legal issues. This course is repeatable for credit.

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Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Durr, Patti. Nameless. Feb. 2019. Hear Me?, Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia, PA. Exhibit.
Durr, Patti. For far too long... 21 Jun. 2019. De'VIA Pop Up - Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, PA. Exhibit.
Durr, Patti. I know why the caged bird..., Looking Glass Self, rEVOLution, Roots & Wings, Me as Becoming D, Untitled work,. Jul. 2019. Moving Hands: Expressions of Art and Deafness, Whtiman Works Company, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Durr, Curators: Tabitha Jacques and Patti. De'VIA: The Manifesto Comes of Age. Nov. 2019. Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Jacques, Juror with Rhonda Voight-Campbell and Tabitha. Please Touch exhibit. Nov. 2019. Dyer Arts Center, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Durr, P. For Far Too Long. 22 Jun. 2018. 50 Years 50 Artists, Dyer Arts Center, Rochester. Exhibit.
Durr, P. On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. 22 Jun. 2018. 50 Years 50 Artists, Dyer Arts Center, Rochester. Exhibit.
Durr, P. Nameless. Sep. 2018. Artists Undeterred: Boldly Exploring Disability, Pride Center of Staten Island, Staten Island (NYC). Exhibit.
Durr, P. Deaf Greens. 2 Nov. 2018. Cultivating Connections, Dyer Arts Center, Rochester. Exhibit.
Durr, Patti. me as small d. 12 Aug. 2015. Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC. Exhibit.
Durr, Patti. The Strain of. 12 Aug. 2015. Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC. Exhibit.
Durr, Patti. Worry: A Jewish Deaf-Blind Survivor Shares Her Story. 26 Feb. 2012. The Second Hong Kong International Deaf Film Festival City University of Hong Kong, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, Department of Applied Social Studies, Hong Kong. Exhibit.
Durr, Patti. EXODUS and WORRY - 2 short documentary films on Deaf Survivors. 1 Apr. 2012. Seattle Deaf Film Festival, Seattle. Exhibit.
Durr, Patti. Worry: A Jewish Deaf-Blind Survivor Shares Her Story. 13 Oct. 2012. Irish Deaf Film Festival, Dublin. Exhibit.
Durr, Patti. EXODUS: Deaf Jewish Family Escapes the Holocaust. 14 Oct. 2012. Irish Deaf Film Festival, Dublin. Exhibit.
Published Conference Proceedings
Karen, Christie, and Patricia Durr. "The HeART of Deaf Culture: Visual and Literary Arts of Deafhood." Proceedings of the Deaf Studies Today April 8-12, 2008 Utah Valley University. Ed. Eldredge, Stringham, Fleischer, Morton. Orem, Utah: n.p., 2015. Print.
Durr, Patricia. "Visual Histories: Recording, Preserving and Disseminating and Analyzing Deaf Stories." Proceedings of the Deaf Studies Today April 8-12, 2008 Utah Valley University. Ed. Eldredge, Stringham, Fleischer, Morton. Orem, UT: n.p., 2015. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Durr, Patti. "Stand and Be Counted." Deaf Studies Today: Beyond Talk. Utah Valley University. Orem, UT. 12 Apr. 2012. Keynote Speech.
Durr, Patti. "Deaf Cinema Night - Classics & Contemporary Films." NYDT 2012 Showcase Series. New York Deaf Theatre (NYDT). New York, NY. 18 May 2012. Guest Lecture.
Full Length Book
Christie, Karen and Patti Durr. DVD Book - HeART of Deaf Culture: Literary & Artistic Expressions of Deafhood. 1st ed. Rochester, NY: RIT, 2012. Print.