Special Education to offer film showings and class to the public

MINOT, N.D. – Minot State University’s Department of Special Education will be celebrating National Deaf/Hard of Hearing Awareness week with film showings and a Communiversity Class on the Minot State campus, all free and open to the public.

A special group viewing of the A&E documentary, Deaf Out Loud, will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Beaver Dam, located on the second floor of the student union at the Minot State campus. The documentary focuses on the lives of three predominantly deaf families as they raise their children in a hearing world.

On Thursday, Sept. 13, the film, Far from the Tree, will be shown in Aleshire Theatre at 7 p.m.  The documentary, based on Andrew Solomon’s non-fiction book, “Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity,” was created by filmmaker Rachel Dretzin and focuses on parents and children learning to accept one another when things don’t turn out as planned.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, a GameChanger101 Communiversity Class will focus on Solomon’s book, particularly chapters 7-12. The class session will be led by Dr. Holly Pedersen, assistant professor for the Minot State University Department of Special Education, at the Northwest Arts Center from 7-9 p.m. Reading beforehand is encouraged, but not required. The award-winning book was released in 2012, and follows families as they meet extraordinary challenges through love, empathy, and understanding.

The Communiversity Class is a part of the GameChanger Ideas Festival, an annual one-day event for lifelong learners. This year’s event, “The Pursuit of Health and Happiness,” occurs on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Belle Mehus Auditorium, Bismarck. More information can be found at gamechangernd.com.

The National Deaf/Hard of Hearing Awareness week is celebrated annually the last full week of September. The first International Day of the Deaf was celebrated in 1958 and later was extended to a full week.

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Published: 09/12/18   

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