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Tom Humphries, Ph.D.

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Tom Humphries is an Associate Professor in Education Studies and the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. He is Associate Director of Education Studies. One strand of his current work focuses on how “talking culture” among Deaf people in recent history informs our understanding of cultural processes and how meaning circulates. In addition, he has developed an experimental ASL-English Bilingual Education training curriculum which trains teachers to work with deaf children using an entirely new curriculum construct: the application of bilingual teaching practices to classrooms of deaf children. Dr. Humphries has published two widely used ASL textbooks, Learning American Sign Language (Allyn & Bacon, 2004) and A Basic Course in American Sign Language (TJ Publishers, 1980). He is co-author (with Carol Padden) of Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture (1988) and Inside Deaf Culture (2006), both from Harvard University Press.

Presentation Info

Deaf Identity Discourse: Some Theoretical Frames
December 16, 2010, 7:00pm
Student Development Center (Bldg. 55), Rm. 1300/1310

Presentation Abstract:
How can we understand the complicated and often contested ways of defining what it means to be Deaf? The processes of deaf identity construction are not unique phenomena but echo the experience of other embedded cultural groups, particularly those that are stressed by the assertion of hegemony over them by others. Theorists Jose Marti and W.E.B. DuBois, who struggled with similar issues, offer us ways to think about the complicated discourses of DEAF and the local social histories in which DEAF is constructed.

Recommended advance readings:
Padden, C. & T. Humphries. (2005). Inside Deaf Culture. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Humphries, T. (2001). “On Deaf-mutes, the Strange, and the Modern Deaf Self,” in Culturally Affirming Psychotherapy with Deaf Persons, N. Glickman and M. Harvey, eds., Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1996. Reprinted in Deaf World: A Historical Reader and Primary Sourcebook, Lois Bragg, Ed. New York: New York University Press.

Humphries, T. (2008). “Scientific explanation and other performance acts in the re-organization of DEAF.” In Signs and Voices, Lindgren, DeLuca & Napoli, eds. Gallaudet University Press.