Documentary Film Screening: Signing Black in America

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Monday, February 24, 2020
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Add to Calendar 02/24/2020 18:00 02/24/2020 19:00 Documentary Film Screening: Signing Black in America

Signing Black in America is the first documentary about Black ASL: the unique dialect of American Sign Language (ASL) that developed within historically segregated African American Deaf communities. Black ASL today conveys an identity and sense of belonging that mirrors spoken language varieties of the African American hearing community.  Different uses of space, hand use, directional movement, and facial expression are ways that Black ASL distinguishes itself as a vibrant dialect of American Sign Language. The African American Deaf community is now embracing their unique variety as a symbol of solidarity and a vital part of their identity.

The film's runtime is 30 minutes, and will be followed by a 30 minute discussion, featuring guests Dr. Joseph C. Hill and Dean Jeffery Braden of NC State. Sign language interpreters will be present for the program. Tickets are not required, but please RSVP with this link: https://go.ncsu.edu/black_asl.

This screening is co-presented by The Language and Life Project at NC State University and the NC State University Libraries.

Trailer: https://tinyurl.com/vpx3pn3

 
Joseph Hill Bio: 
 
Dr. Joseph Hill is a co-author of the 2011 Gallaudet University Press volume on the African-American variety of ASL, The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure. He is proud to be a part of the Black ASL research team because the history and language of the African-American Deaf Community deserves a closer look from the scholarly perspective. He also published a book in 2012, Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community, which is a study of the factors of judgments and attitudes expressed by deaf and hard-of-hearing signers regarding the different types of signing that exist in the American Deaf community.
 
photo of group of Black ASL interpreters
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Signing Black in America is the first documentary about Black ASL: the unique dialect of American Sign Language (ASL) that developed within historically segregated African American Deaf communities. Black ASL today conveys an identity and sense of belonging that mirrors spoken language varieties of the African American hearing community.  Different uses of space, hand use, directional movement, and facial expression are ways that Black ASL distinguishes itself as a vibrant dialect of American Sign Language. The African American Deaf community is now embracing their unique variety as a symbol of solidarity and a vital part of their identity.

The film's runtime is 30 minutes, and will be followed by a 30 minute discussion, featuring guests Dr. Joseph C. Hill and Dean Jeffery Braden of NC State. Sign language interpreters will be present for the program. Tickets are not required, but please RSVP with this link: https://go.ncsu.edu/black_asl.

This screening is co-presented by The Language and Life Project at NC State University and the NC State University Libraries.

Trailer: https://tinyurl.com/vpx3pn3

 
Joseph Hill Bio: 
 
Dr. Joseph Hill is a co-author of the 2011 Gallaudet University Press volume on the African-American variety of ASL, The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure. He is proud to be a part of the Black ASL research team because the history and language of the African-American Deaf Community deserves a closer look from the scholarly perspective. He also published a book in 2012, Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community, which is a study of the factors of judgments and attitudes expressed by deaf and hard-of-hearing signers regarding the different types of signing that exist in the American Deaf community.
 
photo of group of Black ASL interpreters

Contact Information

Marian Fragola
919-513-3481

Admission Information

Free and open to the public.

Accessibility

If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Marian Fragola at marian_fragola@ncsu.edu or 919-513-3481 to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs​.

Photo of Dr. Joseph C. Hill

Photo of Dr. Joseph C. Hill