RIT/NTID Professor Emeritus Harry G. Lang receives Schuchman Deaf History Award

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  • RIT/NTID Professor Emeritus Harry G. Lang is the second recipient of the Dr. John S. and Dr. Betty J. Schuchman Deaf History Award from Gallaudet University.
  • The award recognizes significant scholarship in the field of Deaf history.
  • Lang has written dozens of book chapters and is the author or co-author of at least eight books.

RIT/NTID Professor Emeritus Harry G. Lang is the second recipient of the Dr. John S. and Dr. Betty J. Schuchman Deaf History Award from Gallaudet University. First established in 2014, this award is given every five years to recognize significant scholarship in the field of Deaf history. The inaugural award went to Deaf History International in April 2014.

Lang grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and became deaf when he was 15 years old. After graduating from the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, he went on to earn a bachelor's degree in physics from Bethany College, a master's degree in electrical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in science education from the University of Rochester. 

"Harry has chronicled the rich and diverse history of our Deaf community, and has provided insights that remind us of who we are and where we've come from for future generations," RIT/NTID President Gerry Buckley said. "We congratulate him on this fine recognition."

Lang has written dozens of book chapters and is the author or co-author of at least eight books: Silence of the Spheres: The Deaf Experience in the History of Science (1994), Deaf Persons in the Arts and Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary (1995), A Phone of Our Own: The Deaf Insurrection Against Ma Bell (2000), Educating Deaf Students: From Research to Practice (2002), Edmund Booth: Deaf Pioneer (2004), Teaching from the Heart and Soul: The Robert F. Panara Story (2007), Moments of Truth: Robert R. Davila, The Story of a Deaf Leader (2008), and most recently Fighting in the Shadows: Untold Stories of Deaf People in the Civil War.

Dr. John S. Schuchman was a long-time faculty member, dean, and vice president at Gallaudet University who passed away in 2017. He and his wife, Dr. Betty J. Schuchman, established the  Deaf History Award to encourage new research on the lives and experiences of deaf people and their communities.

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