Join us for a conversation with Miriam Zadek, author of Miriam Hearing Sister: A Memoir, which documents her experiences growing up in a New York Jewish family with both deaf and hearing members from the 1930s through World War II and beyond. Zadek presents a narrative of historical and cultural importance centered on her personal account of the lives of deaf and hearing Jewish people in the mid-twentieth century. Her memoir is an elegant literary work that offers an understanding of how biases and stigmas resonate and evolve, and it showcases her loving family of strong women who pushed against stereotypes and have thrived across generations.
Miriam Zadek is a recipient of the Maryland Governor’s Service Lifetime Achievement Award, given in recognition of her more than forty years of service to deaf and hard of hearing individuals, their families, and others seeking communication access resources. She is the founder of Maryland’s only nonprofit American Sign Language interpreting referral agency, as well as the Zadek Family Education Program. She served on the board of the Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA) of Metropolitan Baltimore and most recently was appointed to the HASA President’s Advisory Board. Zadek’s philanthropic impact includes an endowment at Columbia University’s School of Social Work that supports the graduate work of deaf students, or students who are preparing to work with deaf and disabled people.
This program is co-sponsored by Seaside Jewish Community. American Sign Language interpretation and closed captioning will be available during this event.
Registration and more info at https://delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/9319228.
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