University of Hartford President's College
Posted 02/21/2017 02:14PM



Session I — April 27, 2017; 4:00 – 5:30 pm

We will visit and examine a collaborative exhibit of archives from the American School for the Deaf (ASD) and Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) displays. This six-month exhibit entitled, “Language, Culture,

Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf” will include speakers and a display of ASD’s artifacts and CHS resources from the early years of ASD, including its founding.

Location: Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT


Session II — May 4, 2017; 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Course Content: The Early Years, 1816-1917: Brad Mosley, Coordinator of ASD’s Archives, will discuss the genesis of ASD’s founding by Dr. Mason Fitch Cogswell in collaboration with Thomas H. Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc. We

will look at the roles of the Enlightenment, Civil War, the founding of other Schools for the Deaf, and the 1880 Conference of Milan.

Location: KF Room



Session III — May 11, 2017; 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Mr. Jeff Bravin, ASD Executive Director, and several other Deaf leaders will explain the role of Deaf Culture and American Sign Language in the Deaf Community as well as the education of the Deaf. Content will also include

the role of Gallaudet University, clubs and associations of the Deaf, media and technology.

Location: KF Room 


Session IV — May 18, 2017; 4:00 – 5:30 pm

We will take a tour of ASD’s school and the ASD Cogswell Heritage House (archives), followed by a reception.

Location: American School for the Deaf, 139 N. Main St., West Hartford, CT

Thursdays, Apr. 27, May 4, 11, 18; 4:00 – 5:30 pm



(Note different locations for each session), Cost: $85; Fellows $75



JEFFREY S. BRAVIN, MS, has been employed at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CT since 2002. He is currently the Executive Director responsible for oversight of the school. He reports directly to the Board of Directors with responsibility for carrying out the vision, mission and goals of ASD. Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Bravin served as the Assistant Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of the school. He also currently serves on the Advisory Board for the State of Connecticut, Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services division; the Board

of the American Society of Deaf Children; and the Connecticut Council on Organizations Serving the Deaf.


EDWARD PELTIER is a graduate of the University of Hartford, class of 1968, where he majored in Business Administration. He also holds a Masters degree in deaf education from McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. He has spent his entire career in deaf education, and served as Executive Director of the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford from 2007 until 20014.


BRAD MOSLEY, BS, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas in 1976, MA, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C; taught at the Golden Triangle Deaf Co-operative Program, including sign language classes for three years and at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CT for 35 years. He is the ASD Coordinator for the archives. Currently, Brad works with the Connecticut

Historical Society on its bicentennial exhibit to showcase ASD as the oldest school for the deaf in America.




History of ASD

The first school for the deaf in the United States, ASD has a rich history.

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Tiger Sports

Program featuring competitive teams in seven sports and membership in the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association.

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Sign Language Classes

ASD offers community sign classes three times a year for adults, youth, and babies.

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Upcoming Events
    • FriOct27 ASD Homecoming
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    • ThuNov02 Speakers Bureau - Deaf Run Businesses and Organizations GCEC Cafeteria
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