Campus Events and Activities
RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center to premiere retrospective by world-renowned artist Ann Silver
March 3, 2017 - 4:00pm - April 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
A world premiere look at the career of internationally known artist Ann Silver’s deaf-centric work will be on display in the Dyer Arts Center at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf from March 3 to April 22. A reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 31, in the arts center.
Silver, who was born deaf, is a founding member of the historic Deaf Art Movement of the 1960s and 1970s that preceded the De’VIA movement, which represents deaf artists and perceptions based on their deaf experiences. She is an advocate for the recognition and inclusion of deaf art in both the art world and in academia. Her work has been displayed in exhibits around the country, including at the Central Intelligence Agency/CIA Gallery in Virginia; the Dishman Art Museum at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas; the Deaf Way international arts festival in Washington, D.C.; and the First National Deaf Art Touring Exhibit.
Silver has published and lectured widely. Her visual arts background is varied, including book jackets, logos, studio art, graphics, greeting cards, Deaftoons and art direction. She holds a bachelor’s degree in commercial art from Gallaudet University and master’s degree from New York University. After working as a designer/art director for major book publishing companies in Manhattan, Silver moved back home to Seattle, where she created her most iconic work as a master of Deaf Pop Art. Most recently, she and Jim Van Manen, assistant professor in the Department of ASL-English Interpretation at Columbia College Chicago, have formed an art/design partnership named Silver Moon Brand.
“We are honored to be able to showcase this retrospective in the Dyer Arts Center,” said Tabitha Jacques, director of the center. “It’s rare that we can do an exhibit that documents how an artist’s work has evolved over the decades. Ann Silver’s periods are so unique and different, and are influenced by the cultural events of each decade.”
Silver’s biography, Ann Silver: One Way, Deaf Way, contains more than 200 images of her art. For more information about Silver’s art or her biography, go to her Facebook page or her website at www.SilverMoonBrand.com.
NTID Performing Arts presents "Fairy Tale Courtroom" March 30-April 2
March 30, 2017 - 7:30pm - April 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
NTID Performing Arts presents "Fairy Tale Courtroom" 7:30 p.m. March 30 - April 1 and 2 p.m. April 2 in the 1510 Lab Theatre in LBJ Hall. Admission is free on a first come, first served basis.
"Fairy Tale Courtroom" is a comedy showing the other side of several familiar fairy tales when two villans, the Big Bad Wolf and the Wicked Witch are brought to trial.
The production, written by Dana Proulx and directed by Joseph Fox, will be performed in American Sign Language, spoken English, mime and pidgin signed English, and is accessible for all audiences.
ASL Lecture Series presentation by Dr. Roz Rosen
April 6, 2017 - 12:00pm
RIT/NTID's ASL Lecture Series presents "LEAD-K: Getting Kids Kindergarten-Ready," by Dr. Roz Rosen, member of the National LEAD-K Core Team, 12:30-1:45 p.m. Thursday, April 6 in Panara Theatre in LBJ Hall.
The national campaign known as Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids - Kindergarten Ready, LEAD-K addresses a Deaf child's right to be Kindergarten-ready with mastery of a language and skills required for success in school. Spearheaded by community action advocates and coordinated by leaders from across the U.S., the LEAD-K bill was passed in California and serves as a template for other states.
Rosen was born to a Deaf family in the Bronx., New York, and attended the Lexington School for the Deaf and Gallaudet University. She was director of the National Center on Deafness at California State University, Northridge, and faculty, dean and vice president of Academic Affairs at Gallaudet University. Rosen served as a board member for both the National Association of the Deaf and World Federation of the Deaf. She is on the core team for LEAD-K, and is a board member of the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind and Discovering Deaf Worlds.
RIT/NTID's Robert Panara to be honored in stamp event April 11
April 11, 2017 - 10:00am
The First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Robert Panara two-ounce Forever stamp will take place 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 11 in Panara Theatre, LBJ Hall on the RIT campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The program will feature U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer David Williams, President of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and Rochester Institute of Technology Vice President and Dean Dr. Gerard Buckley, NTID Instructional/Support Faculty member John Panara (son), Stamp Photographer Mark Benjamin and Author and NTID Professor Emeritus Dr. Harry Lang
The public may RVSP online at usps.com/rpanara. Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view live streaming video of the event at facebook.com/USPS, and are asked to use the hashtags #PanaraForever and #DeafEducation on social media.
The Postal Service’s 16th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series honors Robert Panara (1920-2014), an influential teacher and a pioneer in the field of Deaf Studies. He inspired generations of students with his powerful use of American Sign Language to convey works of literature. At age 10, Panara was profoundly deafened after contracting spinal meningitis, which damaged his auditory nerves.
Panara taught English for two decades, beginning in 1948, at Gallaudet College (now University), in Washington, DC. In 1967, he helped found the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and became its first deaf faculty member. For the next 20 years, he taught English to both deaf and hearing students at NTID, part of Rochester Institute of Technology in New York State.
The two-ounce Forever stamp features a photograph of Panara signing the word “respect.” The issuance coincides with the 200th anniversary of the founding in 1817 of the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, CT — marking the beginning of formal education for deaf students in America.
Once purchased, the stamp is always good for mailing two-ounce First-Class letters anytime in the future, regardless of price changes. The current price is 70-cents.
Spring Open House
April 14, 2017 - 8:00am - 4:30pm
All prospective students and their families are invited to spend a day on the RIT campus. Open House is an exciting and informative experience—a chance to meet with representatives from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid as well as faculty from our academic departments. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet current students and take a guided tour of our campus. And when you visit and decide to apply to RIT, we will waive your $60 application fee.
Spring Open House
April 28, 2017 - 8:00am - 4:30pm
All prospective students and their families are invited to spend a day on the RIT campus. Open House is an exciting and informative experience—a chance to meet with representatives from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid as well as faculty from our academic departments. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet current students and take a guided tour of our campus. And when you visit and apply to RIT, we will waive your $60 application fee.
RIT/NTID alumna featured in Lyon Memorial Lectureship Series presentation
May 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
RIT/NTID alumna Sasha Lakshmi Ponappa will present "Finding Social Justice a Meaningful Home in Academia" 7-9 p.m. Monday, May 1 in the college's CSD-Student Development Center 1300/1310, as part of the Lyon Memorial Lectureship Series.The lecture will explore how to find social justice a meaningful place in academia where students, faculty and staff are embraced for their intersectional identities. Attendees will gain insight and tools on how to cultivate social justice principles to further enrich the lives of students and the community served. The presenter will draw from her own experiences as a student at Rochester Institute of Technology and how it started a lifelong journey of becoming a proud social justice warrior.
Sasha Lakshmi Ponappa has been an advocate for more than a decade to eradicate violence within Deaf communities in Rochester, New York, Oakland, California, and Washington, D.C. She is the director for the Program for Deaf Adults at LaGuardia Community College, where she supports deaf, hard-of-hearing and deafblind students in furthering their educational goals, and making their collegiate experience inclusive and accessible. Ponappa received her bachelor's degree in social work from Rochester Institute of Technology and her master’s degree in social work from Gallaudet University, and lives in New York City with her husband, two children and a fur-baby.