Consider This with Jelica Nuccio and John Lee Clark

January 31 in Monmouth and online

Jelica Nuccio and John Lee Clark are DeafBlind trainers in Protactile language, which emerged within the DeafBlind community. Nuccio is the founder of a Protactile training center in Monmouth, and Clark is an author and educator from Minnesota. In their teaching, writing, and community-building, Nuccio and Clark work toward full presence and deep connection.

This Consider This event, scheduled near the conclusion of a national Protactile language training convening at Western Oregon University, will explore belonging amid differences of language, perception, and other fundamental parts of our daily lives.

The conversation will be conducted in Protactile and spoken English with the assistance of interpreters, and it has been designed with both in-person and online audiences in mind. This event will be ASL interpreted. 

This program will take place Wednesday, January 31 at Western Oregon University. The in-person program will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the video stream will begin at 7:00 p.m.

If you would like to request disability-related accommodation(s) to participate in this event, please notify Oregon Humanities by completing the RSVP form at least five (5) business days in advance. 


About the venue

  • Mobility access: This event will take place in the Pacific Room inside the Werner University Center (WUC) at Western Oregon University. The Pacific Room windows facing The Grove and is on the first floor of the WUC. This is a wheelchair-accessible venue. Accessible bathrooms are to the left outside the doors to the Pacific Room. Gender inclusive restrooms are down the hall on the same floor.
  • Parking: Free parking is available in Lots H and F. There are accessible parking spaces outside on Church Street and in both lots H and F.
  • Public transit: The MI Trolley stops one long block away at Monmouth Avenue and Jackson Street. The Cherriots Bus Service Line 40X stops at the corner of Monmouth Avenue and Church Street on the southeast end of the Werner University Center. The Pacific Room is on the northwest end of the WUC.  
  • Food and drink: Vending machines are located in the lobby for drinks and snacks. They may be consumed anywhere in the Pacific Room during the event.


About our guests

Jelica Nuccio, originally from Croatia, lives in Monmouth, Oregon, and has been very active in local and national DeafBlind communities for more than twenty-five years. Jelica was the first DeafBlind Director of the Seattle Deaf-Blind Service Center and also a coauthor of a curriculum for DeafBlind people getting the most out of their Support Service Providers. She is the founder of Tactile Communications, which is the training center based on protactile philosophy and DeafBlind Education. Prior to this work, Jelica worked variously as a research coordinator, advocate, and job-developer. Jelica has a BA in biology from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MA in public health from Emory University. For the past twenty-five years, she has been active in the local and national DeafBlind communities.

John Lee Clark is a DeafBlind poet, essayist, historian, translator, and an actor in the Protactile movement. He is the author of the poetry collection How to Communicate (W. W. Norton & Company, 2022) and the essay collection Where I Stand (Handtype Press, 2014). Clark is a 2021-2023 Bush Leadership Fellow, a core member of Protactile Language Interpreting National Education Center, and a research consultant with the Reciprocity Lab at the University of Chicago. His second essay collection, Touch the Future: A Manifesto in Essays, will be published by W. W. Norton in October 2023.


Thanks to Our Sponsors

This series is made possible with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities' United We Stand initiative, as well as support from the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Susan Hammer Fund of Oregon Community Foundation.

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