Nyle DiMarco, an actor, producer, two-time reality show winner, cultural icon of the international Deaf community, and now an NYT bestselling author, shares a story of what it means to navigate a world built for hearing people. Deaf Utopia: A Memoir—and a Love Letter to a Way of Life is a cultural anthem. It is a love letter to American Sign Language and a celebration of what makes Deaf culture unique and beautiful. Nyle will be in conversation with musical performer WAWA Snipe.

Please note: This event was previously located at the Omni Hotel. It is now taking place at the Paramount Theater.

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Sponsored by the University of Virginia’s American Sign Language Program as well as the University of Virginia’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

More Info

  • No tickets required, though front-of-house seating will be reserved for ASL audience members.
  • For Covid protocol, please see our Festival Info page
  • This event will be interpreted for ASL and hearing audiences. For other accessibility needs, contact Ray Nedzel by March 1

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