ASL/Deaf Studies Program Hosts Presentation on Black ASL

In Other, by , on January 30th, 2024

NU’s American Sign Language and Deaf studies program is hosting a presentation on Black ASL on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. in Golisano Room 101. The talk features Dr. Joseph C. Hill, associate professor in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Dr. Hill’s research interests include socio-historical and linguistic aspects of African-American variety of American Sign Language and attitudes and ideologies about signing varieties in the American Deaf community. His contributions include “The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure” (2011), which he co-authored with Carolyn McCaskill, Ceil Lucas, and Robert Bayley, and “Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community” (2012). For more information on Dr. Hill, visit

For more information on the presentation, contact Rachel Violanti, faculty fellow in modern languages, at