The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2017; a celebration of not only the school’s distinction as the birthplace of American Sign Language and deaf education in the United States, but also its longstanding historical prominence in the city of Hartford.
This is an exciting and pivotal milestone in the school’s history, and the school will be hosting many events surrounding its Bicentennial.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Featuring Guest Speakers:
Jean Lindquist Bergey & Dr. Harvey Corson
Jean Lindquist Bergey
Jean Lindquist Bergey, associate director of the Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center at Gallaudet University, supervised research and production and served on the curatorial team for the exhibition Deaf Difference + Space Survival.She directed the History Through Deaf Eyes project and was the University’s project director for the Through Deaf Eyes documentary produced by WETA, Washington, DC and Florentine Films/Hott Productions in association with Gallaudet.Jean curated the Gallaudet University Museum exhibition Making a Difference: Deaf Peace Corps Volunteers, and served on the exhibit curatorial team for Deaf President Now: A Pivotal Moment.Publications include (with Douglas C. Baynton and Jack R. Gannon) Through Deaf Eyes: A Photographic History of an American Community, a chapter from In Our Own Hands: Essays in Deaf History, 1780-1970, titled “Divine and Secular: Reverend Robert Capers Fletcher and the Southern Deaf Community” and “Life and Deaf: Language and the Myth of Balance in Public History” in Sign Language Studies journal.
Dr. Harvey Corson
A Philadelphia native and a third generation deaf, Dr. Corson is a graduate of the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and Gallaudet University with a BA degree in Economics and Education and a M.Ed. in Education of the Deaf. He earned a M.A. in Administration and Supervision from the California State University at Northridge and then his Ed.D. in Special Education majoring in Deaf Education with minors in Educational Administration and Educational Research from the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Corson has held the following professional positions over the years: Superintendent of the Louisiana School for the Deaf; Senior Vice President/Provost/Vice President for Pre-College Programs & Professor of Education at Gallaudet University; Superintendent of the Kentucky School for the Deaf; Executive Director of the American School for the Deaf; and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf.
He also has been very active with the Deaf Community at the national, state and local levels. He was President of the Connecticut Association of the Deaf; Co-Chair, Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights Initiative; Board Member of the Rhode Island School for the Deaf Board of Trustees;Board Member of Gallaudet University Board of Trustees; Vice President & Board Member of the National Association of the Deaf; and Chairman of the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf.
At present, he serves as Board Chair of the National Theatre of the Deaf; Chair of the CAD Education & Legislative Committee; and Board Member of the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Board of Trustees. He has received honors and awards for his civic and community service. Dr. Corson lives in Hartford, Connecticut with his wife Mary Ann, retired teacher, a graduate of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and Gallaudet University.