DEAF AWARENESS WEEK 2012 at the University of Vermont

Admission is FREE and open to the public!


Deaf Awareness Week at UVM will be September 24-29th with 6 straight days of Deaf empowerment, education and good times.


List of Events:

·      Keynote Speaker: Masa Nakama on Monday, 9/24 @ 6PM in the Davis Center - Livak Ballroom

·      ASL Films presents Versa Effect with Russell Harvard and Rosa Lee Timm on Tuesday, 9/25 @ 6PM in Stafford 101

·      ASL Skit Night on Wednesday, 9/26, 6PM in the Davis Center – Brennan’s Pub

·      Deaf Jeopardy on Thursday, 9/27, 6PM in Waterman Memorial Lounge

·      ASL Lunch & Roundtable Discussion about Masa’s presentation on Friday, 9/28, 11:30AM in the Davis Center – Rosa Parks Room

·      Monique Holt’s 1-woman show: Men Don’t Listen to Naked Women on Saturday, 9/29 @ 7PM in the Davis Center – Silver Maple Ballroom.

Voice Interpreters will be provided at all of the events. If you are seeking additional accommodations, including, but not limited to Deaf-Blind interpreters or English real-time captioning, please email Matthew Gilsbach @ [log in to unmask]
no later than August 27, 2012. This deadline will ensure accommodation requests are met. We can accept requests after August 27th and we will do our best to meet those needs based on availability of services.


More Information can be found at!



“Deaf Queers” with Masa Nakama

Davis Center Livak Ballroom (4th floor), 6 pm - 8 pm


Keynote Topic: According to a recent study, nearly two-thirds of LGBT students were slapped with derogatory slurs and inhumane labels, and reported feeling unsafe in schools because of their sexual orientation, and more than a third also felt unsafe because of their gender expression. There was an increase in depression, anxiety, and teen suicide. The movement known as the “It Gets Better” began only recently in sending a positive message of hope and love to the youth of the gay community. (GLSEN, 2011)

“Just as homosexual might be ‘invisible’ in the Deaf community, deafness might be ’invisible’ in the homosexual community.” (Zanga, 2005)

When Masa was a teenager, he didn’t have a role model or mentor who was deaf and gay or someone he could identify with. He needed advice and support from someone older, wiser, and capable of understand his struggle. After growing up with a full adventurous life, he strives to ensure that today’s youth are never ALONE from naturally being who they are. He believes that you need to be yourself.

For his senior high prom, Masa went with his boyfriend at the time and by doing so inspired a teacher to come out and bring his partner to prom as well. By being yourself, you help liberate others and you end up creating outstanding leaders, role models, and examples for those who need and deserve them. He intends to better unify and strengthen the Deaf LGBT community. It’s time we get together.

About Masa: Masa Nakama is a culturally deaf, gay, and hapa. (Hapa is a Hawaiian language term used to describe a person of mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry.) He’s a native southern California, grew up in mainstream program until his sophomore year, he transferred to California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR). Masa opened his eyes with deaf identity after he transferred to CSDR and disclosure his gay identity during his senior year. His long journey at Gallaudet University and graduated with Psychology degree in Bachelor of and School Counseling degree in Master of Arts.

Masa is a co-founder of ColorFest, member of Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf and currently Miss RAD 2011 – 2013, and work closely with the founder of Deaf Queer Kaleidoscope (DQKal). He is a currently ColorFEST director and also he's working on establishing a program for deaf LGBT youth. His passion and dream is to work with deaf LGBT youth and guide them that they can achieve their future.

 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th: ASL Films presents “Versa Effect”

Stafford Hall, Room 101, 6 pm - 8 pm; (post-movie discussion to follow)


Synopsis: From their childhood years to working at a Deaf school in Texas, Jackie and Seth have always love to…HATE each other! The fact that they are working closely in the same school did not help matters. For all their bad blood with each other, something bad had happened to them: their bodies have been switched! What follows is a series of laugh-a-minute hijinks as Jackie and Seth struggle to get back to their bodies. Because of that, they have no choice but to work together in order to save themselves. With time running out, Jackie and Seth must find a way to get back in their bodies before they get stuck in the opposite sex of bodies forever! Versa Effect is the first comedy film directed by the venerable Mark Wood.



Davis Center Brennan's Pub (basement), 6 pm - 8 pm


Join us for an evening of mime and storytelling at Brennan’s Pub at the University of Vermont.  Students from ASL II, ASL III and ASL V classes will perform ABC Stories, Fairy Tale Stories with a Deaf “twist,” Deaf jokes and many more!  Meanwhile, other students, interpreters, ASL pros, die-hards, and anyone who can sign are also encouraged to come on stage and give it a try!  Those who do not know ASL or are not comfortable with signing in front of an audience can join us by being our audience members to witness the art of Deaf Culture in action.  Food and drinks will be sold at Brennan’s Pub.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th: Deaf Jeopardy

Waterman Memorial Lounge, 6 pm - 8 pm


Come test your knowledge and skills around the Deaf Community. We will have teams of 3 face off in an Academic Bowl style face off to win prizes!


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th: Deaf & the LGBT Community: Lunch & ASL Roundtable Discussion

Davis Center Rosa Parks Room (1st floor); join in anytime between 11:30 am – 1:30 pm


Topic of discussion: following up Masa Nakama’s keynote speech on Deaf Queers.  Deaf participants will share their experiences and intersections of Deaf & the LGBT community.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th: Monique Holt: Men Don’t Listen to Naked Women

Davis Center Silver Maple (4th floor), 7pm-9pm 

Q & A after the show


About Men Don’t Listen to Women Naked:

Men Don’t Listen to Naked Women is a show starring Monique Holt and wraps up Deaf Awareness Week 2012!  This provocative piece is a one-woman show.  Monique will let you know what she thinks.  “Oh,” you say, “a naked women thinks.”  Well, yes, and talks as well.  But, we have found that the hard part is that many people don’t listen.  Especially, men.  This show tries to get around that.  Come and listen with your eyes.


At the Davis Center – Silver Maple Ballroom, political stand-up will have its say, and we invite you to listen to Men Don’t Listen to Naked Women, directed by Tim Chamberlain.  MO2 Productions previously presented Are Your Ears Blind?, Desire/Regretand UNcontentED LOVE.  To these we add the newest collaboration between Monique Holt and Tim Chamberlain.

This new show will help you re-think listening.  Who listens?  How?  And, when.  If… Do you feel heard?  Maybe it’s time to explore other ways of speaking.

Monique will tell stories from a unique point-of-view.  While you may have heard the stories before, we can guarantee that you haven’t seen these interpretations of them.  She is a woman of a certain age.  She examines gender interactions and the world with a hands-on approach. Oh, did I say that this show has audience participation?  Monique is a seasoned performer. Having done straight plays, dance and devised work as well. She has been an aerial performer, a storyteller and general spitfire. Is it her experience that interests you? Or, on the other hand, is it her heart? Oh, right! It’s her mind!


About Monique Holt:

Monique Holt (Performer), is an actress, director, storyteller, translator, writer and arts advocate. She obtained her BFA in Acting from New York University and her MFA from Towson University. She is a long-time member of actor’s unions: Equity and SAG/AFTRA. She creates original works including: The “Or”bit, The Dark Room, The Night Was So Hungry That It Ate The Moon and Are Your Ears Blind?  She regularly teaches workshops in acting, non-verbal communication & gesture and text translation. Her major project: translating Shakespeare’s sonnets and other contemporary poet’s work into ASL.

NOTE: This performance is NOT appropriate for children younger than 16.