The Political Crusades of Helen Keller with Max Wallace (Virtual)

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April 13 • 7:00 pm


The American School for the Deaf and The MTH&M join to welcome The New York Times bestselling author Max Wallace discussing After the Miracle with ASD Director of Diversity & Special Programs Shana Gibbs. This virtual discussion will be presented via Zoom with American Sign Language interpretation and closed captioning. 

 In this first major biography of Helen Keller in decades, Wallace draws on groundbreaking research to reframe Keller’s journey after the miracle at the water pump. Most mainstream portrayals of Keller made her a secondary character in her own story. After the Miracle is a much-needed corrective to this antiquated narrative. Peeling back the curtain that obscured Keller’s political crusades in favor of her “inspirational” childhood, After the Miracle chronicles the complete legacy of one of the 20th century’s most extraordinary figures. 

 Virtual: $5 non-members and members. REGISTER HERE. 

 Copies of After the Miracle are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so. 


 About the Author: Max Wallace is a Canadian journalist, filmmaker, and human rights activist, and the New York Times bestselling author of five books. His most recent book, In the Name of Humanity: The Secret Deal to End the Holocaust (PRH Canada, 2017) became a national bestseller and was shortlisted for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize—Canada’s most prestigious award for literary non-fiction. The book also won the 2018 Canadian Jewish Literary Award. As a journalist, he has contributed to the Sunday New York Times and the BBC. Since 2007, he has also worked with AMI-TV—a television network for blind and partially sighted people—to write hundreds of Described Video film and television scripts. 


About the Moderator: 

Shana Gibbs is the Director of Diversity and Special Programs at the American School for the Deaf where she leads the development and implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, coordinates the American Sign Language Proficiency Interviews (ASLPI), and oversees Source Interpreting.

Prior to her current role, Shana served as a university lecturer (undergraduate & graduate studies) for several Interpreting training programs, as a High School teacher in English Language Arts (ELA), and served as a Program Director for a non-profit and community-based advocacy and service organization. Shana has dual master’s degrees in Deaf Education and Educational Leadership and Policy from Boston University.


 Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; and Travelers. 


April 13
7:00 pm
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