A Journey to DEAFHOOD
Presentation by Ella Mae Lentz, David Eberwein & Genie Gertz
Largely based on Dr. Paddy Ladd’s book
Understanding Deaf Culture: In search of Deafhood
Workshop topics: What is Deafhood? What is “colonialism”?
How do these concepts apply to the Deaf world?
Offering a roadmap toward the vibrant, active & unified Deaf community.
Date: Saturday – February 20, 2010
Texas School for the Deaf Auditorium
1102 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
Ella Mae Lentz taught ASL and Deaf Culture for 16 years at Berkeley City
Ella grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960’s during the
beginning of the Deaf Resurgence. She had her “epiphany” about ASL, enabling
her career of education & training.
Upon retiring, Ella formed ASL Presents LLC, focusing on updating the
Signing Naturally curriculum series that she co-authored. She aims to
promote academic excellence in ASL and healthy Deafhood discourse among Deaf
people as well as in the public.
David “DE” Eberwein is the High School Instructional Principal at his high
school alma mater, California School for the Deaf, Fremont. David has served
on the Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency Board of Directors for
six years, four of them as president.
All his life, David has been actively involved in the Deaf community,
recently helping establish the Deaf Bilingual Coalition and the Deafhood
DE earned his degrees from Gallaudet University and San Francisco State.
Dr. Genie Gertz is the Dean of Deaf Studies and Services at Ohlone College
in Fremont, CA. She received her B.A. & M.A. from Gallaudet University and
New York University, respectively.
Her current focus is exploring the social, cultural, linguistic and
educational features that cause to weaken Deaf individuals’ development of
Deaf consciousness and identity.
Dr. Gertz is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia. She comes to Ohlone from
California State University, Northridge; her doctorate in Cultural Studies
was completed at UCLA in 2003.
Special thanks to the Austin Community Center for the Deaf
Contact: Jack Busenbark, [email protected]