Periodically, the NIEC sponsors webinars on salient topics related to interpreter education. We are pleased to share information about this recently scheduled event
3/17/14–Controversy in the Classroom: Learning from Impostors, Bad Weather and Media Attention
Monday, March 17, 2014
4:00-5:00 pm (Eastern)
Robert Adam is Research Associate at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, based at University College London, and in spring 2014 is Visiting Professor in the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University. His areas of research include Deaf interpreters, language contact, sign language bilingualism and sign language teaching. He is a native Australian Sign Language signer who has worked as a researcher and lecturer at universities in Australia, the United Kingdom and the USA.
Debra Russell is an ASL-English interpreter and interpreter educator from Canada. Her interpreting practice spans thirty years, and is community based in a range of medical, legal, mental health and employment settings. As the Director of the Western Canadian Centre for Deaf Studies, her teaching has also taken her to six continents. In addition to her teaching, she maintains an active research program, with current projects that focus on Deaf Interpreters, legal interpreting and mediated education settings for Deaf children. In 2011 she was elected President of WASLI. Deb is also a dedicated student of yoga, who loves to travel.
Elected in 2012, Chris Wagner is the current President of the National Association of the Deaf, the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States. Prior to his election, Wagner served as Vice President of the NAD for six years. Chris is currently the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Operations for CSDVRS, LLC, a video telecommunications company providing solutions for deaf and hard of hearing individuals as well as foreign language speakers. Previously, Chris served as the Executive Director / CEO of non-profit agencies serving deaf and hard of hearing individuals in Tampa Bay for several years. With a background in healthcare administration, he was responsible for the implementation and operation of the first assisted living facility and nursing rehabilitation facility for the deaf and hard of hearing in Florida. Instrumental in the creation of the Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (FCCDHH), Chris was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush as the first member and Chairman of the Council.
Dawn currently works as a community interpreter in the Boston area and as an adjunct instructor at Northeastern University. Her experience in leadership extends beyond her current position of RID President. She has also served on the RID Board as Secretary and Region V Representative. Dawn also served as the interpreter representative on the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Board of Directors. She received her B.S. from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. With the education of ASL/English Interpreting as her foundation, she then received her M.A. in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education from Arizona State University. Dawn’s thesis focused on mentorship programs for working interpreters. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D., following her RID Board service, in Sociology or Social Justice.
Controversies emerge in our field periodically. They can be expected to recur. This webinar will be a discussion of how instructors can leverage current events in interpreting to facilitate deeper understanding among their students of our field, our work as interpreters and our relationship to the Deaf Community. Using recent controversies such as the South African interpreter impostor and media attention during Hurricane Sandy, our panel will discuss some of the following questions:
- What are the pitfalls of high profile interpreting and how can they be managed?
- What is a model response to occurrences such as the imposter situation in South Africa that the profession can use?
- How can interpreting educators, interpreters and the Deaf community work together in an alliance to foster the screening and selection of competent interpreters in high-profile settings?
In addition, some discussion will be devoted to the art of discussion facilitation in class and online.
- Identify resources on model facilitation techniques.
- Identify specific issues within controversial interpreting situations.
- Observe a model panel discussion on controversial topics.
- Understand the importance of recruiting Deaf participants for a facilitated discussion.
Audience: Working interpreters, interpreter educators, mentors and interested others.
CEUs: This workshop is offered for 0.1 CEUs or ACET credits in the Content Area of Professional Studies and has an Instruction Level of None (pending). Note that you must view the webinar for a minimum of 45 minutes to be eligible for CEUs.
CEUs sponsored in by the Northeastern University Regional Interpreter Education Center, U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration, interpreter Training Program Grant # H160A0100004. The National Interpreter Education Center is affiliated with the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers. Consortium centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration, CFDA H160A and H160B.
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