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Gesture and Sign in Relation to Storytelling


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Photo by Max Herman

Performances and a panel discussion led by Peter Cook

Peter Cook is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Deaf Studies and ASL Interpreting at Columbia College, Chicago, and has recently been awarded the 2017 Storytelling Hall of Fame Award from the Department of Communication and Performance at East Tennessee State University. As a research associate on the Neubauer Collegium project “The Body’s Role in Thinking, Performing, and Referencing,” Cook co-organized a panel discussion called “Roots, Diversity, Imagery: The Driving Force Behind Sign Language Identity” in February 2016. He has contributed numerous scholarly contributions in the literary analysis of ASL stories and poems, which have become important in comparing gesture as it is used in hearing and deaf storytellers.