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What is it like to teach as a deaf person who relies on lip-reading and facial expression to communicate in a time when everyone is wearing masks? | What are the implications of masking for children’s cognitive development? |  How do historians navigate the challenges of providing an accurate record of life in chattel slavery? | And, what is the value of solitude in times like these? | Questions. All sorts. And we have some answers for you to consider.

Segment One:  Katie Moore, a new faculty member in EKU's Department of American Sign Language and Interpreter Education. Katie is Deaf so department chair, Vicki Brashear, joins Katie via Zoom and ES via phone to translate. |   Dr. Jade Robinson is an Asst. Professor in EKU's Communications Disorders Department, has  20 years of professional experience serving young children and their families. She discusses the impact of masking on schoolchildren. LISTEN

Segment Two: University of Buffalo historian Carole Emberton on "disciplined imagination," a key tool used in reconstructing the often undocumented lives of the enslaved. |  Tom Eblen of the Carnegie Center for Learning & Literacy discusses the importance of solitude in contemporary life with Fenton Johnson, author of  "At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life" LISTEN

Interviews in order of  appearance:

Katie Moore and Vicky Brashear

Jade Robinson

Carole Emberton

Fenton Johnson


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