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ETSU to host deaf rights advocate and comedian 'Wink' Smith in performance and 'Winkshop'

JOHNSON CITY – Performer, interpreter, and deaf rights advocate Windell “Wink” Smith will bring his stand-up comedy and improvisational skills to East Tennessee State University on Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Martha Street Culp Auditorium of the D.P. Culp University Center. The event is free and open to the public.

            Smith, who holds master National Interpreter Certification status through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, is the child of deaf parents and became their advocate early in his life. He will offer his humorous thoughts in a presentation entitled “S.E.E. Me Fail!”

            The performance will be conducted in American Sign Language (ASL), with voice interpretation for the hearing members of the audience.

            Smith’s visit is sponsored by the ETSU Silent Bucs, the Student Government Association and the Office of Disability Services.

            Earlier in the day, Smith will also present a “Winkshop,” entitled “Blockbuster: Cinematic ASL.” Designed for sign language interpreters, the workshop parallels cinematic techniques with ASL grammar conventions that are used frequently within the realm of interpreting. There is a fee for the workshop, which is sponsored by the Northeast District of the Tennessee Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the Office of Disability Services. 

            For further workshop details, call (423) 439-8346 for a voice line or (423) 218-1225 for a video phone line or e-mail .

            To arrange accommodations for either event beyond those mentioned, use the same contact information.