By John B. Christiansen
Deaf President Now! finds the groundswell best as much as the history-making week in 1988 whilst the scholars at Gallaudet collage seized the campus and closed it down until eventually their calls for have been met. to investigate this probing examine, the authors interviewed in-depth greater than 50 of the significant players.This telling publication finds the serious position performed via a little-known staff referred to as the "Ducks," a tight-knit band of six alumni decided to determine a deaf president at Gallaudet. Deaf President Now! info how they steered the scholar leaders to final good fortune, together with an research of the explanations for his or her fulfillment in mild of the failure of many different pupil pursuits. This attention-grabbing learn additionally scrutinizes the lasting results of this striking episode in "the civil rights stream of the deaf." Deaf President Now! tells the complete tale of the rebellion at Gallaudet collage, a thrilling learn of the way deaf humans received social switch for themselves and all disabled humans all over via a relaxed revolution.
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We would like to acknowledge the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities as well. John Christiansen received an NEH Summer Stipend in 1990, and Sharon Barnartt participated in an NEH Summer Seminar in 1992. Significant progress was made on the book during both of these periods. Thanks, too, are due to our employer, Gallaudet University, especially Robert Williams, the former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, for supporting our efforts through sabbatical leaves and released time so we could work on the manuscript.
A number of other advocacy efforts took place during the fall of 1987. While the supporters of a deaf president pursued different strategies, all were aware that they faced a number of obstacles, not the least of which was a great deal of resistance from some deaf faculty members at Gallaudet. One of those individuals who spent a great deal of time trying to convince more faculty members to become engaged in the process said later that the biggest concern among the faculty seemed to be funding from Congress.
Page 8 While these activities were taking place on the Gallaudet campus, several deafness-related organizations began lobbying for the selection of a deaf president. On September 14, the president of Gallaudet's alumni association (GUAA), Gerald Burstein, sent a letter to Larry Newman, the president of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). " All three of these organizations began to act quickly, even though they ended up following slightly different strategies in their subsequent efforts to encourage the board to appoint a deaf president.