DPN 25th Anniversary Celebration

Beehive Chapter of GUAA will commemorate, on March 9, DPN25 with a livestreamed broadcast involving a panel discussion of the four DPN student leaders and a series of video clips from people all over the world who were impacted by the DPN movement, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EST (12:00 noon to 2:30 pm our time,

 The livestreamed broadcast will be conducted in American Sign Language, and will be closed captioned and voiced.

The four student leaders who led the protest. Bridgetta Bourne Firl, ’89 & G-’92, Jerry Covell, ’89, Greg Hlibok, ’90, and Tim Rarus, ’89, will share their experiences in front of a live audience in the campus TV studio.

What is DPN, you ask?  It’s that historic event that happened one week in March 1988 – “Deaf President Now” – at Gallaudet University.  It was 25 years ago!  It led to the appointment of a deaf president, Dr. I. King Jordan. 

And it will be held at the Jean Massieu School (JMS) auditorium!  The address is 1655 East 3300 South in Salt Lake City. 

We will serve a light lunch before the livestreaming broadcast for those who RSVP to us – so don’t delay!  RSVP to Valerie Kinney atvkinney@comcast.net.  The lunch will be served at 11:00 am and the broadcast will begin at 12:00 noon.

Don’t miss out on this event!  It’s open to everyone – alumni and non-alumni!  Come and revisit your memories of this event. We would love to hear fromyou what you experienced!  Please send your information to Kimberly Thornsberry, BCGUAA president, at kmtberry4@gmail.com.  Don’t delay – sit down and type what you experienced, while you are reading this announcement!

Here’s what GU has to say on their website: 

DPN 25 Celebration: President’s Panel

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of DPN which occurs in March 2013, there will be a series of panels and presentations to examine and recognize the significance of this milestone for Gallaudet and the deaf community in the United States and around the world. Are we better off now than we were 25 years ago? What are the key transformative changes? What work remains? What is the legacy of DPN and what is its place in the larger civil rights and disabilities rights movements?

Join former Gallaudet presidents I. King Jordan and Robert R. Davila and current president T. Alan Hurwitz as they share their experiences leading this unique institution and give insight into the transformative changes brought by DPN–the positive impact and new challenges. The panel will be moderated by Professor Brian Greenwald.



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