nyle-headshotDeaf activist Nyle DiMarco, winner of “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Next Top Model” will present for the Lamar University Academic Lecture Series, Sept. 12, in the University Theatre. The free event is hosted by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. The speech will be followed by a question and answer series as well as an audience meet and greet.

Born into a multigenerational deaf family, DiMarco will speak about his mission striving to diminish stereotypes about the deaf community and culture. He is an honorary spokesperson for Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids and founder of the Nyle DiMarco Foundation, which works to improve the lives of deaf people around the world. He also served as a creative collaborator on The ASL App, created by native deaf signers to teach conversational American Sign Language.

DiMarco’s speech is entitled “Living Out Loud,” which asserts his barrier-breaking story as a deaf man who has risen above stereotypes. With a passion for language, literacy and advocacy within the deaf community and beyond, he builds a bridge between deaf and hearing worlds by shining a light on not only the struggles but also the triumphs of deaf culture.

Above all, DiMarco shows audiences that with a sense of community, commitment to goals, and belief in oneself, anything can be achieved.

For more information, contact the College of Fine Arts and Communication at 880-2154 or on the web at fineartscomm.lamar.edu.

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