Illinois Libraries Present

Marlee Matlin

September 14, 7 pm, virtually on Zoom: In celebration of Deaf Awareness Month, Marlee Matlin joins Illinois Libraries Present to share the highs and lows of her Hollywood career and journeys as an activist. The youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar, Matlin’s acting career recently achieved another milestone as her 2021 film CODA swept every category it was nominated in at the 2022 Academy Awards.

This program will be offered in ASL and translated through an interpreter.

About Marlee Matlin: A longtime advocate for deaf rights, Matlin continues to break down barriers for herself and others through her acting, awareness, and writing. As she has so aptly stated, “The only thing I can’t do is hear. The rest is there for the taking.”



  • Wednesday, October 12: Two-time National Book Award Winner Jesmyn Ward
  • Wednesday, November 16: Order of the Good Death founder Caitlin Doughty
  • Tuesday, December 13: Shauna Sever of Midwest Made
  • Wednesday, January 11: Inciting Joy with Ross Gay

About Illinois Libraries Present

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. Illinois Libraries Present is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office for the Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Illinois Libraries Present is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email