Saturday, March 25th, 2023 @ 1:30:pm
Hello Betty’s Anchor Drop Party
When writer Katie Bell was growing up as a hearing child with deaf grandparents, Alexander Graham Bell was assailed as a villain, a eugenicist who treated deafness as a handicap that must be cured by forcing deaf children to speak and attempting to eradicate sign language and other aspects of deaf culture. In Gallaudet University Professor Brian Greenwald’s family, Bell was hailed as a hero who enabled deaf kids like him to get an education. The dichotomy is part of Bell’s complex life and legacy, a complexity explored in Katie Booth’s new book The Invention of Miracles. Join Booth, Greenwald, and Gallaudet historian William Ennis for a Planet Word conversation about Bell, deafness, language, and who gets to shape history.
Interestsculture, Planet Word, Planet Word Museum
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