A Memoir of Deafness and Africa
A young man’s quest to reconcile his deafness in an unforgiving world leads to a remarkable sojourn in a remote African village that pulsates with beauty and...
The Fate of Africa: What is it? And why should we care? Again drawing on his experiences traveling and living in the developing world, Josh presents an intriguing lecture focusing on cultural dissonances, individual peccadilloes and their impact on development work, fantastic historical failures in the field, and inspiring successes and the lessons we can draw from them.
Deafness and Disability: When it comes to being judged “deficient” by a culture, what is reality and what is perception? What do our judgments say about us and where can wholeness be found? And what is the effect of rapidly advancing technological, genetic and medical treatments on all of this?
“Josh Swiller was 22 and profoundly deaf when he applied to the Peace Corps in search of adventure. And indeed, adventure he found. His experiences in Zambia are eloquently recounted in his hard-to-put-down memoir of deafness and Africa, “The Unheard””
—The New York Times, Health section
"Several ingredients are crucial in a memoir like this: humor, the ability to see enough details to make the scene come alive and a dispassionate compassion. Swiller has them all."
—Los Angeles Times
"[Swiller's] appealing, intelligent narrative serves both as a coming of age story and as a penetrating light into one corner of a tormented continent."
“Josh Swiller rewrites the familiar African narrative with a purity that makes the tragic beauty of that devastated continent a stunning novelty for readers. We experience the rich, tangible passions of love, honor and revenge in Africa, amplified a thousandfold in the quiet world of the deaf.”
—New York Observer