February 19, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
802-443-5794
sray@middlebury.edu
Posted: February 14, 2002

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Middlebury College Visiting Twilight Scholar Karen Nakamura will give a talk, "Deaf Identity in Japan and the United States," on Monday, March 11, at 4:30 p.m. in Twilight Hall Auditorium on College Street (Route 125). The lecture is free and open to the public.

Deafness shares aspects of being both a biological condition as well as an ethnic and linguistic identity. In this lecture, anthropologist Nakamura will discuss the results of her five-year study of deaf identities, sign languages, and minority social movements in modern Japanese culture while using U.S. deaf culture as a point of comparison. She will also address the methods deaf activists use to further their political and social causes in a country such as Japan, where minority discourse is not widely extant.

Nakamura is an assistant professor of anthropology at Macalester College. She earned her bachelor's degree at Cornell University and her doctorate at Yale University. Born in Indonesia, Nakamura grew up in Australia, Japan and the United States.

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided. For more information, contact Middlebury College Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator Elizabeth Christensen at 802-443-5851.

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