Deaf Culture Expert to Lecture at Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. – MJ Bienvenu, coordinator of the American Sign Language (ASL) program at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C, will give a lecture entitled, "Cross-Cultural Communication," on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 519 of the Hogan Campus Center. A reception will precede the lecture at 6:45 p.m.

In her lecture, Bienvenu will discuss deaf culture, cultural conflicts and misunderstandings related to communication. The discussion will also include strategies on how to resolve these problems and work together successfully.

At Gallaudet University, the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, Bienvenu is well known as an ASL model teacher and advocate for the recognition of deaf people as a linguistic and cultural minority.

Co-Sponsored by the Worcester Center for Living & Working and the ASL program at Holy Cross, the lecture is for deaf and hard of hearing people, ASL students, interpreting students, teachers, parents, service providers and the entire Holy Cross community. The lecture marks the conclusion of Deaf Awareness Week at Holy Cross.