Northeastern University

Marie Jean Philip ASL Poetry, Storytelling and Deaf Art Competition


Marie Jean Philip was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1953. She attended the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Connecticut. She then pursued higher education at Gallaudet College. After graduation, Marie worked for Northeastern University as one of the first Deaf teachers. She went on to receive a BA degree in Linguistics at Northeastern. Marie became the Bilingual-Bicultural Coordinator at The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts. She was one of the original people to research, study and establish ASL as a recognized Language. She was internationally known for advocating for ASL and Deaf Culture. Marie Passed away unexpectedly in 1997.

The ASL Program at Northeastern University is proud to announce the 17th annual Marie Jean Philip ASL Poetry, Storytelling and Deaf Art Competition. Over 110 students from over 20 schools and programs across the U.S.A. and Canada participated in the 2013 competition.

The primary goal of this competition is to create a fitting tribute to honor the memory of Marie, the tireless advocate of Deaf children. The second goal of this event is to provide a forum for public recognition of the creativity and talent of Deaf students.