This semester has been full of wonderful events!! Last month in March, many students and members of the community traveled to a campsite in Big Bear for Silent Weekend, a weekend where participants are required to turn off their voices and only use Sign Language to communicate. We played games, had an opportunity to participate in a low and high ropes course, attend presentations where some of the Deaf students from CSUN shared their experiences with Audism and oppression, and of course we socialized and chatted until the early hours of the morning. The board members of the Deaf Studies Association (DSA) truly did a wonderful job in planning a fantastic weekend for all of us who attended.
Also in the month of March, the group of students who went to Jamaica during the Winter Break, shared their trip with us and their experience of having a full immersion in the Jamaican Deaf Community and the work they did with the Deaf kids there. They encourage those who have an interest in going next year to complete the application process and sign up!!!
In the month of April, the DSA General Meeting will be held on Wednesday April 14th. Time and location will be forthcoming. On Sunday April 18th the CSUN NCOD 2010 Sing ‘n Run Festival will begin at 8:00am. For more information about participating in this event visithttp://www.csun.edu/ncod/news/signnrun.html
We are also looking forward to the primer of the Deafhood Monologues. This is a special ASL/Deaf Theatre production preformed by CSUN students in the Deaf 405 (ASL/Deaf Theatre) class and special guests from the Los Angeles Community. Deafhood Monologues, is an original script written by Ella Mae Lentz and directed by John Maucere. It is a collection of vignettes about Deaf people's experiences and shared beliefs/values that describe what it means to be ‘Deaf’. Their stories are thought-provoking, captivating, and inspirational. Audience members will leave with an appreciation for the Deaf spirit. The performances will take place in the CSUN Little Theater on Saturday May 1, 2010 at 8:00pm, as well as Sunday May 2, 2010 at 3:00pm (Voice interpreters will be provided at this performance only). Admission is $5. Tickets will be available for sale at the A.S. Ticket Office in the USU after Spring Break.