small version of the deaf history month 2011 poster


Posters you can print and post in your buildings, offices are available. This is a great way to show support of the diversity of this university! PDF version of the poster here or JPG version of the poster here.

Voice interpreters will be provided at all events.

If other accommodations are needed, please contact the coordinator (e-mail below).
Admission is FREE and open to the public!

Campus map for location/directions:
Event Coordinator: Keri Ogrizovich kogrizov(at)


Greg Hlibok

Keynote Presenter: Greg Hlibok

Deaf President Now leader and recently appointed FCC Chief of Disability Rights Office

Davis Center, Grand Maple Ballroom; reception to follow
Monday, March 14th 6-9 PM

Mr. Gregory Hlibok’s work at the FCC involves rulemaking proceedings on Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) and various issues on telecommunications access for people with disabilities.  Within nine years at the FCC, his office witnessed a tremendous progress in TRS, from one type of service, TTY to several types of services, Video Relay Service, IP Relay, and Captioned Telephone.   In his early career, Mr. Hlibok served in two capacities, as a private practicing attorney and a financial consultant.  Admitted to NY Bar, Mr. Hlibok holds a BA in Government from Gallaudet University and a JD from Hofstra University School of Law.  Currently, he serves as President of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Lexington School for the Deaf.  Mr. Hlibok is also an active member of several organizations, including Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc, National Association of the Deaf, and Maryland Association of the Deaf.  The world first witnessed Mr. Hlibok’s leadership role during the Deaf President Now movement at Gallaudet University in 1988.


Jeffrey Palmer

ASL Regional Variation: The Case of Vermont

Presented and facilitated by Jeffrey Levi Palmer, NIC, CODA and native Vermonter

Davis Center, Livak Ballroom; light reception to follow
Thursday, March 17th 6-8 PM

0.2 Professional Studies CEUS offered through VTRID (for non-members, $10 fee)

This presentation will review sociolinguistics factors that influence the knowledge and use of Vermont signs.  Participants can expect to 1) learn or recall new & old Vermont regional signs, 2) understand prescriptive language attitudes about regional signs, 3) participant in a forum about local Vermont signs.   

Jeffrey Palmer is an eighth generation Vermonter.  His mother and father are both Deaf.  He identifies himself as a proud CODA.  Since 2003 Jeff has been a professional working interpreter.  Occasionally he serves as a trilingual interpreter working in China or working with Deaf education officials in the US.  He is currently working on his MA in Linguistics at Gallaudet University concentrating in language acquisition by bimodal bilingual children of Deaf adults.

Bernard Bragg on Bragg

ASL Film: "Bragg on Bragg"

Stafford Hall, Room 101
Tuesday, March 22nd 6-8 PM

This film is a commentary on the life’s work of Bernard Bragg, expert storyteller and performer, key figure in founding the National Theatre of the Deaf, staunch advocate for ASL and Deaf Education, all told to you by none other than-Bernard Bragg!  Included is a collection of classic-to-modern video clips with insightful narration.  Prepare to be entertained and moved by the achievements and vision of a true leader, world traveler, and signing superstar!


 Two ASL students performing a skit

ASL Skit Night

Davis Center Brennan's Pub stage
Wednesday, March 30th 6-8 PM

Join us for an evening of mime and storytelling at Brennan's Pub at the University of Vermont.  Students from ASL II, ASL IV and ASL VI classes will perform ABC Stories, Fairy Tale Stories with a Deaf “twist,” Deaf jokes and many more!  Meanwhile, other students, interpreters, ASL pros, die-hards, and anyone who can sign are also encouraged to come on stage and give it a try!  Those who do not know ASL or are not comfortable with signing in front of an audience can join us by being our audience members to witness the art of Deaf Culture in action.  Food and drinks will be sold at Brennan's Pub.

Deaf, Deaf World

Monday, April 4th 6-8 PM
Davis Center, Grand Maple Ballroom

In “Deaf, Deaf World,” everyone from the restaurant server to the bank teller, uses American Sign Language.  This event is a great total-immersion opportunity to practice ASL skills or embark on a journey of learning.  At its conclusion, all participants and volunteers will congregate with a facilitator to have the opportunity to share their experiences and insights or to ask questions.  Everyone is welcome, regardless of signing level and experience!


David RiveriaStoryteller David Rivera

Saturday, April 9th 6-8 PM
Davis Center, Sugar Maple; light reception to follow

David Rivera travels nationally as an actor/performer and ASL storyteller.  He can be seen as a sign model in the Vista Signing Naturally and Learning ASL curriculums as well as in a Convo Relay commercial.  Currently, Mr. Rivera is a full-time professor in the ASL & Deaf Studies and ASL-English Interpreting Programs at Union County College in New Jersey and an adjunct faculty for the Interpreting Training Program at LaGuardia Community College.  He graduated from Gallaudet University with Bachelors in ASL and from Western Maryland College (now William McDaniel College) with a Masters in Deaf Education.  In addition to performances, Mr. Rivera also offers ASL workshops.  He resides in Staten Island with his fiancée and 2 daughters.




ASL Lunch/Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, April 13th 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Davis Center Livak Ballroom; pizza provided

Topic of discussion: “What is the ‘Deaf Perspective?’”  What does a ‘Deaf perspective’ look like?  Is it widely accepted or not?  How can it be included in different avenues/professions?  Join us in sharing and listening to the different life/work experiences from Deaf people and learn how the ‘Deaf Perspective’ can be beneficial for all.