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Author Josh Swiller to Address Adelphi University on October 29, 2009

Adelphi University is pleased to invite Josh Swiller, author of the University’s First Year Reading Program choice, “The Unheard: A Memoire of Deafness and Africa,” as he details his transformative two-year experience volunteering for the Peace Corps. The event will take place on Thursday, October 29, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. in the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AU PAC), Concert Hall, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY.

Garden City, NY, September 19, 2009 --( The lecture is co-sponsored by the First Year Experience Committee, Committee on Individuals with Disabilities, and the Adelphi Collaboration Project ’09: ICAN Make Change. It is free and open to the public.

Mr. Swiller was born with a severe hearing loss and was considered legally deaf by the age of four. Despite the exceptional guidance and support from his family and an audiologist, Mr. Swiller still felt out of place in the hearing world. He questioned the meaning and purpose of life, which only intensified following his education at Yale University, where lectures and social events were tailored to the hearing. Mr. Swiller also felt out of place at Gallaudet University, the national university for the deaf, as his excellent lip-reading and speaking skills set him apart from his peers. It wasn’t until he was assigned to Zambia, Africa, by the Peace Corps for two years that he finally found a place where his disability was nearly inconsequential compared to his foreign differences. He quickly learned that deafness was the least of his worries in a new, and at times, dangerous environment.

"The Unheard: A Memoire of Deafness in Africa" is an account of Mr. Swiller’s two years in Zambia, Africa, and is narrated with a piercing sense of humor. Throughout his book, though faced with unimaginable danger and near-certain death, Mr. Swiller manages to rise above the difficulties presented to him and take everything in stride.

ICAN Make Change, the Adelphi Collaboration Project, involves multiple campus constituencies in a collaborative and interdisciplinary effort to educate, inspire, empower, and engage our Adelphi community through learning about, as well as taking part in, local and global actions to create the world we dream about. For a list of scheduled events for the fall, please visit

For more information about this lecture, please contact Associate Professor Deborah Little at (516) 877-4113 or

About Adelphi University: Adelphi University, chartered in 1896, was the first institution of higher education for the liberal arts and sciences on Long Island. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,500 students from 41 states and 63 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

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