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The Week World Heard Gallaudet

Jack R. Gannon

Publication Year: 2009

In 200 full-color and black-and-white photographs, The Week the World Heard Gallaudet depicts, day by day, the Deaf President Now! Revolution at Gallaudet University as it unfolded March 6 - 13, 1988. Author Jack Gannon interviewed such main characters as Greg Hlibok, president of the student government, and Elizabeth Zinser, the University’s president for two days. I. King Jordan, Gallaudet’s first deaf president, contributed the epilogue.

Published by: Gallaudet University Press


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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-9


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pp. 9-10

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pp. 10-11

The previous Monday, Gallaudet University students had staged a lock-out on the campus and were refusing to allow entry until there was a deaf president at Gallaudet. I had asked Jack Gannon to put together a group of people, most of whom were from the Gallaudet faculty, staff,...

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In Perspective

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pp. 12-13

This is a unique book about a unique time and a unique group of people. It is about discrimination and about courage and determination. It is about a surprising victory, about the winning, not only of a series of battles, but of a war. This book tells a story that has local, national, and international...

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pp. 13-15

I owe a great deal of thanks to many individuals for their help in compiling this document, more individuals than I can actually list and thank publicly. I would, however, like to acknowledge the contributions of the following:...

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pp. 15-19

The student protest that shut down Gallaudet University the week of March 6-13. 1988. accomplished far more than just the selection of the world's first deaf university president. It proved. convincingly. that deaf people could band together effectively for a...

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The Rally

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pp. 20-36

On March I, 1988, a rally was held on the Gallaudet University football field to convince the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and board of trustees that the Gallaudet community believed it was time for a change, time for a deaf president. It was the beginning of a chain of events that would focus national attention on deafness...

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Day One

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pp. 37-47

Sunday, March 6. Word had circulated on the Gallaudet campus that the formal announcement of the selection of Gallaudefs seventh president would be made in the field house at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday....

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Day Two

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pp. 48-69

Monday, March 7. Gallaudet personnel returning to the campus Monday morning found all entrances to the campus blocked by the students. Initially, only students and emergency personnel were permitted on campus. Top...

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Day Three

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pp. 70-80

The GUM board became the first organization to officially vote to support the students and their four demands. (The next day the faculty and stafffollowed suit.) The GUM board also voted to contribute $1,000 to the new Deaf President Now...

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Day Four

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pp. 81-91

Wednesday, March 9. The confrontation picked up momentum. Zinser arrived in Washington that morning and was at the Peabody Fitzpatrick Communications firm shortly before nine. The university administration had contracted with Peabody Fitzpatrick to...

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Day Five

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pp. 92-108

Thursday, March 10. As the week wore on a love affair developed between the media and the students. The media representatives were having a field day on Kendall Green. Deaf observers watched in amusement as reporters frantically searched for interpreters so they could follow deaf...

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Day Six

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pp. 109-130

Friday, March 11. Word of Zinser's resignation, even though it was announced at 11:00 p.m. the night before, spread quickly through the deaf community. Early morning arrivals on campus were therefore surprised and puzzled to see the students still guarding the gates. "Haven't you...

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Day Seven

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pp. 131-139

Saturday, March 12. On Saturday hundreds of students and their supporters gathered on campus for a "Board Buster Day." Activities were planned to give everyone a break from the stress of the week. There was a picnic on...

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Day Eight

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pp. 140-151

Around 7:40 p.m. a call came over the TDD (telecommunication device for the deaf) in Mike Kaika's office at "Ole Jim." The call was from Phil Bravin asking to speak with Greg Hlibok, but Hlibok was nowhere to be found. Bravin insisted on speaking only...


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pp. 152-157

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pp. 158-167

Gallaudet's new president, Dr. Irving King Jordan, returned to the campus early Monday morning, March 14, and was surprised to see how clean and orderly it was. There was no sign of the turmoil the campus had experienced the week before....

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pp. 168-172

Following the rally, yellow badges proclaiming Deaf President Now became a popular item. Most people wore them. One exception was a Model Secondary School for the Deaf teacher who wore a large handlettered note above his shirt pocket which...

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pp. 173-176

I have been affiliated with Gallaudet as a student, alumnus, and employee, for more than twenty years. During that time, one of my most common experiences has been the necessity to explain to people I meet what and where Gallaudet is. I cannot begin to count the number of times,...

E-ISBN-13: 9781563685187
E-ISBN-10: 1563685183
Print-ISBN-13: 9781563684142
Print-ISBN-10: 1563684144

Page Count: 176
Illustrations: 40 color photos, 152 b&w photos
Publication Year: 2009