A Deaf Community’s Tribute to Langston Hughes

Dr. Barbara Hardaway
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The Langston Hughes video project is her artistic endeavor to blend African-American literature with American Sign Language, using current DVD technology as a teaching tool for both Hearing and Deaf audiences. This research project includes the life story and selected poems of Harlem Renaissance's poet, Langston Hughes (1902-1967). This video project is designed as a fusion of Deaf and African-American cultures with Deaf performers signing the selected poems written by the author. The video is captioned and voiced, making it accessible to all viewers. The 28 minute DVD includes fourteen poems and musical renditions of "God Bless the Child" by Billie Holiday.

Keywords: Deaf Actors Perform Poetry, Langston Hughes’ Poetry in American Sign Language, Biographical Information, Harlem Renaissance Information, Photographic Images From the First Half of the 20th Century
Stream: Art in Communities, Constructing Art Worlds, Arts Education
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Barbara Hardaway

English Professor, English Department, Gallaudet University

Barbara Hardaway, Ph.D. is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC where she specialized in Nonverbal, Cross-Cultural Communications and is also a studio collage artist/gallery owner. She is a tenured English professor with over 20 years of teaching at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Since 1989, Barbara has focused on mixed-medium collages and assemblages, experimenting with various design elements, computer technology and adhesive applications in her artwork. Professionally, she has also directed two video projects in American Sign Language from Ebonics and African-American poetry as classroom teaching tools for Hearing and Deaf students at the university level. Her first project was entitled, “Plantations Songs” and her second DVD focuses on Langston Hughes and historical information about the Harlem Renaissance (1920-1930). Dr. Hardaway’s next research and performance art DVD will be a tribute to Maya Angelou translated into American Sign Language.

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