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The Deaf Community in Israel

November 8 @ 2:20 pm - 3:40 pm

The Deaf Community in Israel: Israeli Dancer and Poet Tami Assouline in Conversation with Professor Marco Di Giulio

The Deaf Community in Israel: Israeli Dancer and Poet Tami Assouline in Conversation with Professor Marco Di GiulioThe Deaf Community in Israel: Israeli Dancer and Poet Tami Assouline in Conversation with Professor Marco Di Giulio

November 8, 2:20 – 3:40 PM ET
Via Zoom

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Join us for a conversation with, and performance by, Israeli Deaf poet Tami Assouline. In her performances, Assouline rejects the hegemony of the spoken word and describes her poetry as “a purely visual work of art—an expression of my movement and freedom in my own language.” Removed from the strictures of Hebrew, her creative work explores such themes as love, grief, and the sensuality of the body.
Tami will perform her poetry and will discuss, together with Dr. Marco Di Giulio, the history, memory, and identity of the Israeli Deaf community. Live captions will be available.
This event is part of the “Performing Disability in Israel” series and is held in conjunction with Professor Ilana Szobel’s groundbreaking course, Disability Cultures: Art, Film and Literature of People with Disabilities.

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Marco Di Giulio is an associate professor of Hebrew language and literature at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. He has written on the vernacularization and standardization of Hebrew. He was a fellow at the Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford (UK), and his work has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals, including Jewish Social Studies, The Journal of Israeli History, The Jewish Quarterly Review, Modern Judaism, Hebrew Studies, History of Universities, and Annali d’Italianistica. Currently, he is completing a book manuscript on the history of disability in Israel. His most recent publication is “The Origins of Israeli Deaf Ethnicity,” Jewish Social Studies 27.2 (2022): 144-182. Prof. Di Giulio is an alumnus of the Summer Institute for Israel Studies.

Tami Assouline is a multidisciplinary deaf creator—in movement, dance and poetry. She is a sign language teacher and the daughter of a deaf family. She has written three books of poetry, the most recent of these in deaf syntax, and is working on a fourth book. Tami wrote the short film, “Inner Flame” (2017)—now available at the Brandeis University Library—which tells the story of a deaf young woman auditioning for a renowned dance company who decides to hide her deafness from the audition panel and the other dancers, fighting for her place on equal grounds. Tami’s ambition is to release a video and a bilingual book. Visit her website (in Hebrew).

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Date:
November 8
Time:
2:20 pm - 3:40 pm
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