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CofC to host former Gov. Haley's 'rock star' sign language interpreter

Hurdich signed critical information to viewers during news conferences before and after Hurricane Matthew's landfall. (Source: WIS) Hurdich signed critical information to viewers during news conferences before and after Hurricane Matthew's landfall. (Source: WIS)
Former Gov. Nikki Haley said Hurdich had become "a rock star" during severe weather coverage of Hurricane Matthew. (Source: WIS) Former Gov. Nikki Haley said Hurdich had become "a rock star" during severe weather coverage of Hurricane Matthew. (Source: WIS)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The College of Charleston will host the man former Gov. Nikki Haley called a "rock star" in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Justin Hurdich, who served as Haley's sign language interpreter during news conferences before and after the October hurricane, will speak at the school Wednesday night.

He will offer students an insight into the challenges for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Hurdich became a sensation on social media for his animated signing during the news conferences, with some referring to him as an unsung hero.

Haley said during an Oct. 11 news conference that he had become "a rock star."

"Not only do you have a major fan base, but you have made your fellow South Carolinians very proud," Haley said.

Hurdich, who is deaf, worked with an off-camera hearing interpreter who translated critical information from Haley and other state leaders to Hurdich, who then translated them into sign language.

“The facial expressions is part of sign language grammar linguistics and that is part of it is so critical to the language, just like with the spoken language," he said in an October interview. "You hear the information and the volume rising and so, you see those same features on my face.”

Hurdich is scheduled to appear in the Stern Center Ballroom at 7 p.m.

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