By Jacquline Hanna
For the Pocono Record
Posted Dec. 10, 2014
Paul Gordon Jacobs visited East Stroudsburg University for two days recently to talk about his research and his book, “Neither-Nor.” Both presentations were well-received by a huge audience.
ESU faculty member Susan Miller invited Jacobs to speak about his book and his research that he has been doing over the last 10 years in the United States. He taught at Gallaudet, a college with a curriculum for the hearing impaired, for the past year and left because he felt his views differed from the professors who taught there.
In 2009, he received his PhD. at the University of Melbourne in education. During the first night at ESU, he presented his research of what will become his second book. The working title is “Adversity and Resilience.” In this book, Jacobs will discuss how deaf people need to push through their hardships to live in the hearing world. Although many face this difficult time, he has come up with a strategic plan to help the deaf accomplish their goals in life.
Jacobs talked about famous deaf people who can be an inspiration for those who need it. The deaf have contributed to society like Thomas Edison and Annie Jump Canon. His goal is to reduce anxiety, so the deaf can think rationally about their choices. -