Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Guess What? I Bumped Into Someone in Downtown Boston Now?

I am in the downtown Boston right now for my personal vacation with no particular reason. I have immediately spotted Dr. Harlan Lane, Professor at the Northeastern University on the way to buy his "daily jolt" (coffee). I embraced Dr. Lane to say "quick hi". He was very gracious and made the comment about how real nice and beautiful weather out there.

Dr. Harlan Lane previously addressed the issue of cochlear implant surgery as a violation of medical ethics a decade ago before the American deaf community begin up in the arms. The Gallaudet Buff and Blue student newspaper in the 1990s blasted Dr. Lane what right he had to decide for the deaf community to do something about the medically unethical practice of inserting the cochlear implant into deaf youngsters.

Dr. Harlan Lane used to be the frequent visitor to Gallaudet University on various topics of deaf issues. He wrote numerous books on the history of the deaf which bluntly lambasted the audists and oppressors of the deaf throughout the human history.

I met Dr. Harlan Lane several times on Gallaudet campus, but not on his home turf. What a honor! Lane still is the handsome guy with graces.

ASLize yours,
Robert L. Mason (RLM)

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