Saturday, April 28, 2007

What an Oppressive Experience for Deaf Women! DH #3

4:46 minutes long. Obtaining information from Deaf History conference 2007 at Gallaudet and researcher, Lindsey Parker, Barb DiGi explains the myth about first deaf women admitting National Deaf Mute College in 1887 as previously thought. It was discovered that the first group of deaf women actually enrolled in 1864 but was eventually denied enrollment under Edward Miner Gallaudet's administration. See what several deaf women had talked about on the "Presentation Day" of commencement.

Please click on David Evans' journal to read about it.

Please click on Youtube as a back-up video.


Oscar the Observer said...

Fascinating :).

moxie_mocha said...

Barb DiGi,

Thank you! I appreciate learning more about deaf history. Your vlogs are so easy to watch. Good post!


Longoman said...

Excellent coverage here. Seems like oppression set in that early.
Take a look at the dictionary definition of the word:
Oppression is the negative outcome experienced by people targeted by the cruel exercise of power in a society or social group. It is particularly closely associated with nationalism and derived social systems, wherein identity is built by antagonism to the other. The term itself derives from the idea of being "weighted down."

Jean Boutcher said...

Très interessant! By the way, have you, so far, been able to learn the name of the first deaf departmental chair at Gallaudet?
It is my understanding that the
late Prof. Gilbert Eastman was the second first deaf departmental chair in 1957.

Keep vlogging about the history of Gallaudet.

Merci bcp.

RLM said...

Very delightful to view your vlog presentation on such an unjustifitable systematic discrimination against deaf female college applicants at the National College of Deaf-Mutes (NCDM).

I did know about the very few first deaf females students at the NCDM. Same thing with African Americans during the early days of NCDM.

Edward Miner Gallaudet (EMG) surely had a legacy with mixed records within his regin of the NCDM-Gallaudet College. The rumored sexual orientation about EMG as a closeted gay. Gallaudet University archives had EMG's diaries left open to interpretations and speculations about his own sexuality. I wasn't fully convinced at all about EMG's questionable sexuality.

I never forgave EMG for creating the "Normal Department" which deprived hundreds and hundreds of deaf NCDM-Gallaudet students from becoming teacher of the deaf within teacher training. EMG was a real coward in many ways which many people thought him as politically shrewd to keep the U.S. Congress from slashing the government apporiraton money to the NCDM-Gallaudet College. Ever kept Alexander Graham Bell (AGB) from meddling much further in the NCDM-Gallaudet matter.

EMG's legacy had to be re-evaluated in some way.

What about Sophie Fowler (EMG's mother)'s thoughts on the exclusivity of deaf female students from being schooled at the NCDM-Gallaudet College? What was her role in this matter excluding deaf female students?

Robet L. Mason (RLM)

Jean Boutcher said...

Glad to see a commentar's name
"RLM" here because I have been
soooooo dying to ask you a question. You said somewhere on
David Evans's blog or elsewhere
that Alice Cogswell did NOT like
Thomas H. Gallaudet. Would you
elaborate on this? I would really like to know because I am painting
a portrait of Alice with T. H.
Gallaudet. Please share whatever you know about the relationship between them as well as provide
a source. I would be eternally
grateful to you for sharing more
information about Alice.

Barb DiGi said...

Hi! It is my hobby doing the deaf history vlog and that I use it to educate the students at RSD. You are welcome everybody and glad you have enjoyed it.

Longoman! Women have been denied educational opportunities and it is interesting to note that EMG was responsible for this decision. However, he at least allowed deaf women to re-enroll thanks to the pressure of CAID (letter sent by an Illinois Deaf student) and hearing women organization, the Western Association of the Collegiate Alumnae. So society changes when there is a pressure to justisfy the cause.

Jean, I have seen your artwork via the net and I am so amazed about your beautiful work! You surely have talent!

I can see that it is critical for an artist to understand the relationship between these individuals in order to represent your art that parallels the actual history. I wish you best with your artwork.

Yes, RLM, we would like to learn more about the relationship between Gallaudet and Alice. So do tell!!!!

About Sophia Fowler, EMG's mother, was well-respected by EMG. I recalled listening to the presentation that they mentioned about how her position had influenced the decision when admitting several women in 1864.

RLM, interesting is that you have shared about EMG's resistant in hiring deaf teachers in NDMC. I am curious what source did you get it from? As far as I know, there was a deaf mathematican professor named Amos G. Draper that EMG actually disagreed with his teaching methods that will be explained in future video clip.

mule4350 said...

Interesting ongoing History and I know about Hearing women in History but you tell us about DEaf History of women and we feel proud at them at their time!

Anonymous said...

i love learning about Deaf history, you are really good at gathering all information and sharing with us. Be sure to save all your video clips about Deaf history. Someday, we may need them for research or whatever.


mochame said...

Very informative! (Impressive)

Deaf historian said...

Hello! Your vlog was fascinating to watch but I was dismayed at the lack of appropriate references to the researchers of the deaf history. You did other vlogs about history that you obtained from recent deaf history conference. I feel that you need to include a little bit about each researcher and where you obtain all the information at the beginning of your stories.

Barb DiGi said...

Hi Deaf Historian,

Remember I am doing this on a volunteer basis that exceeds the expectation of my job. I could not possibily include everything and I had included a link to refer to David Evans' journal that was recorded and all. Also I am dealing with time constraint. Some of the information shared will be published in a book.

At the meantime, you can help me by contacting the researchers and fill in the information. All I had mentioned was that they read primary sources such as letters, diaries, photographs, etc. to support their findings. Thank you.

Barb DiGi said...

Oh by the way, I did include the names of the researchers and explained in the beginning (preview and #1 of the series) that the information was obtained from the recent deaf history conference.

This is a part of the series (#3) so interested people would have gone back to #1 and see the information on the references of the researchers besides the references of the researchers have been mentioned in David Evans' blog.

Barb DiGi said...

I just added the names of researchers and place where I had received information in all vLogs now :-)

Deaf Historian said...

Thank you for adding the references and the researchers' names. Really appreciate it lots.

Barb DiGi said...

You are welcome. The researchers' names were already mentioned in all of my video clip in the beginning. Some of the references had been shared in the video clips as well.

The video is played automatically so maybe that explains why it has been missed in the beginning. I am trying to work on the correct embedded code for blogger where the viewer is able to click to play.