VL2 to Host First Annual Knowledge Festival

April 11, 2016

VL2 and its four resource hubs will host a knowledge festival on Monday, May 9, 2016, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Sorenson Language and Communication Center at Gallaudet University.

VL2 Knowledge Festival logoWe are on the cusp of a revolution, launched by new scientific understanding of how deaf children benefit from ASL/English bilingual language learning, how to facilitate reading mastery in all deaf children, and how to bring this knowledge into homes and classrooms.

Learn more about the research and groundbreaking science discoveries behind this revolution at a Knowledge Festival hosted by the National Science Foundation and Gallaudet University’s Science of Learning Center, Visual Language and Visual Learning, VL2.

During the public event, VL2 researchers and staff, led by distinguished neuroscientist Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, will share the work VL2 has accomplished since its establishment in 2006. They also will discuss the Center’s four resource hubs and the rich array of information and products these hubs offer to the nation and world, as well as ongoing and future projects with the potential to impact our understanding of how the human brain works and how babies learn language.

Exciting information will be shared about:

  • The translational impact for society of our discoveries about the brain and learning
  • Four resource hubs that offer a wealth of information for families, educators, and researchers
  • New grant-funded projects that include cutting-edge neuroimaging technology, robotics, avatars, and motion capture that will create revolutionary tools for children with minimal language input in early life!
  • New science findings to come on math and numeracy, and action and higher cognition
  • Innovative products that benefit hearing, deaf, and hard of hearing children
  • The Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience program and its star students
  • Collaborations with other universities and laboratories

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments. Presentations begin at 6 p.m., with laboratory tours to follow.

Hubs will also demonstrate cutting-edge technology and products, and share publications.

This event is free and open to the public. Interpreters will be provided. Click HERE to RSVP.


This event is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant number SBE-1041725. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

- By Tara Schupner Congdon, Manager of Communications