Bethel Professor, Deaf Storyteller to Perform at Michiana Deaf Alliance Fundraiser

Noah Buchholz, assistant professor of American Sign Language at Bethel College, will perform stories and poetry at a fundraiser for the Michiana Deaf Alliance on Feb. 18 at 3 p.m., in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium on Bethel’s campus. A Valentine’s party will follow at 4:30 p.m., with a hot soup buffet and sweets.

All proceeds will support the local Deaf community, helping to fund Michiana Deaf Alliance projects and events that serve to educate and foster community support.

Buchholz is an American Sign Language (ASL) speaker, performer and translator who travels internationally, presenting his ASL literary works. He grew up in a cross-culture house: his father is hearing, his mother is Deaf, and all six of his siblings are either Deaf or hard-of-hearing. He went to both a Deaf school and a public school, and was the only Deaf student at his college. His experience growing up in two different worlds, Deaf and hearing, gave him a passion to create ASL literary works to communicate the beauty of Deaf culture and the struggles of Deaf people, and to educate hearing people about the reality of Deaf culture.

Admission for both the performance and the party is $10 per person ($12 at the door), or $5 per person ($7 at the door) for just one of the events. Tickets can be purchased at BethelCollege.edu/MDA-Fundraiser.

For more information about Buchholz, visit NoahBuchholz.com.