The Deaf Studies Today! conference is a professional, academic conference that brings together the brightest minds and latest thinking within the interdisciplinary field of Deaf Studies. The theme for this year's conference is "Waypoints," suggesting a recognition of significant progress in the field while acknowledging that no final destination has been reached. Deaf Studies Today! is now established as the primary site for the exchange of information and thinking for anyone interested in Deaf Studies. The conference has also become an important cultural "place" where Deaf people gather to create, renew and maintain relationships. This conference makes a concerted effort to combine the conference activities with a variety of concurrent events such as the expo, entertainment, kids-only storytelling sessions, etc. Participants in these events included members of the local Deaf community, students of ASL, Deaf Studies, Interpreting, etc. as well as parents of deaf children, educators, and other interested parties. Admission for parents of deaf children and for UVU students is very affordable.
Beth Benedict, Ph.D.; Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Gallaudet University Tom Humphries, Ph.D.; Associate Professor, Department of Education Studies and Department of Communication, University of California at San Diego Carol Padden, Ph.D.; Professor, Department of Communication, University of California at San Diego In addition to the three keynote addresses, the conference will feature the presentation of thirty-five to forty-five academic papers. (All of the papers and keynote addresses will be bound into conference proceedings and may also be made available in ASL on DVD and/or online.) The conference also includes workshops on a variety of topics, a panel discussion, live entertainment, a luncheon, a banquet and plenty of opportunities for networking.