Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

Latest: Introduction to Inter-Role Dialogue

by • May 18th, 2012

Steph at work: presenting on "Dialogue under Occupation" at Lebanese American University, Beirut (Photo by Razvan Sibii)

Many interpreters are familiar with the idea of intercultural or intergroup communication, which takes the identity of participants as important to meaning. . This workshop extends the idea of “identity” to the different roles individuals have in any communication situation. We’ll explore the case of emergency management interpreting, where First Responders have very clear priorities that may not coincide with what Deaf and hard-of-hearing people believe they need. Likewise, Deaf and hard-of-hearing people have express communication needs that may not coincide with what First Responders believe they can accommodate.

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Latest: Europe: Amazing and Disturbing

by • February 14th, 2012

The rainbow ghouls in this painting, "Object III" by Jiri Petrbok, depict the irony of celebrating destruction.

One of the miracles of Europe is the amazing way communication is made possible among users of different languages in the European Parliament. While I do critique some of the outcomes of the transmission model of interpreting, particularly how the success of simultaneous interpretation generates the illusion of speaking in one shared language (which means erasing the differences of separate and unique languages and the worldviews they inspire), the fact that the system works is testimony to what humans can achieve with intercultural cooperation.

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Latest: Emergency Warning and Community Response: The Edge of Technology and Culture

by • January 27th, 2012

First Responders do reach out to the Deaf community

It was a tiny pop quiz in the midst of a comprehensive examination.
During last November’s nationwide test of FEMA’s public warning system, an action research study (#DEMX) was conducted to assess the communication potential of social media. The goal was to find a way to bridge the longstanding divide between “people of the eye” who […]

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Latest: Emergency Communication and the Deaf

by • November 9th, 2011

Does the Deaf Community need sign language interpretation for emergencies?

“In all of the years of researching and taking courses / training in crisis communications – one group has not been mentioned as much as others.  This audience group is the deaf community.  How do we go about in making sure that this audience group gets the same information about an […]

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Latest: positive mental attitude

by • September 18th, 2011

Carol at ADA_Stavros

“I was a little girl, run over by a truck. Comatose for three to seven and a half months. One and a half years of hospitalization. And then I ran out of challenges.”

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Latest: Going for It: Language Interpreting for a Better World

by • July 7th, 2011

Luis, Carmen and me: Happy to be there!

We are not compelled to continue all of the ritualized elements of simultaneous interpretation that we have inherited or even helped to build. We can learn from the trajectory of the last 70 years and make precise modifications in training, education, credentialing, and professional practice. These changes can be calibrated in order to reshape this special form of intercultural communication so that it serves the common good. By using simultaneous interpretation as an institutional mechanism for deliberately redressing systematic inequality, more safe and humane life chances can be generated for people of all classes and ways of life.

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Latest: Spoken and Sign Language Interpreters Unite around Similarities

by • June 18th, 2011


One hundred and eighty language service providers have gathered at the 2nd North American Summit on Interpreting for the purpose of learning how to gather our collective intelligence and generate an intercultural revolution.

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Latest: Quality Interpreting in a Push-Button World

by • June 6th, 2011

Quality Interpreting in a Push-Button World

2nd North American Summit on Interpreting
Washington DC June 17-18, 2011

I will be presenting a poster, Interpreters and the Mechanical Reproduction of Inequality, summarizing some key findings from my Fulbright-sponsored dissertation research about the system of simultaneous interpretation at the European Parliament.

2nd Annual Science of Team Science Conference

Clinical and Translational Sciences Unit, Northwestern University
Chicago, April 4-11, 2011

Resilience, Innovation, and Sustainability: Navigating the Complexities of Global Change

Arizona State University
Tempe AZ,
March 11-16, 2011

Slideshows and other materials from the conference are available here.

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Latest: RID: Growing Globally

by • June 6th, 2011

RID: Growing Globally

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Biennial National Conference
especially the Business Meeting, Atlanta GA July 17-22, 2011

Previous blog entries about interpreting are posted in chronological order under Series: Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

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Latest: Hearin’ with your Hands, Listenin’ with your Eyes

by • March 9th, 2011


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