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Examining the Past for a Brighter Future

World-Renowned Interpreting Educators and Researchers Call for a Fresh Look at the Roots of Interpreter Education

Evolving Paradigms in Interpreter Education brings together world-renowned interpreting educators and researchers who review existing research and explicate past and current practices to call for a fresh look at the roots of interpreter education in anticipation of the future. Rico Peterson (Assistant Dean and Director, NTID Access Services, Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, New York) states, “This is a book of scholarship on interpreting and the education of interpreters. It is a collection of thoughtful perspectives on different aspects of our craft. These pages offer ample evidence that inquire and interpret are thick as thieves: It is difficult to pursue either without needing the other. They are comrades in arms in the ancient struggle to see things clearly and unequivocally. The twin urges to know precisely and to communicate precisely drive the work of interpretation just as they drive the work of scholarship.”

In this seventh volume in the Interpreter Education series, each chapter is written by a leading researcher or educator and is accompanied by two commentaries prepared by internationally renowned leaders in interpreting education and research. Volume editors Elizabeth A. Winston and Christine Monikowski invite the reader to explore Evolving Paradigms in Interpreter Education and ponder the challenges discussed in each chapter and the stimulating questions raised in the commentaries. “Do they reflect your experiences and needs?” ask Winston and Monikowski. “Have you been struggling with similar issues? What can you do in response to the need for and emergence of these evolving paradigms in our field? What can we as a field do to inspire ongoing evolution and to embrace necessary changes with enthusiasm, wisdom, and humor?”

Read chapter one, “The Academic’s Dilemma: A Balanced and Integrated Career,” to learn more about this latest volume. Order now and receive a savings of 20% off with your exclusive subscriber discount. When ordering online, type “NOV2013” in the box labeled “use promo code” located next to the “checkout” button, or order by mail.

California Bookwatch, the library newsletter from The Midwest Book Review, recently published this review about author Maxine Childress Brown’s new title, stating, “On the Beat of Truth: A Hearing Daughter’s Stories of Her Black Deaf Parents comes from the child of deaf parents and considers how the lack of education and access affects deaf families. [Brown’s story] is a memoir of the advantages she enjoyed which were not afforded to her black, deaf parents. At an early age she absorbed her parents’ stories of hardships and came to understand that her own modest lifestyle evolved from much struggle. Her account of the deaf community in general and the added challenges of racial struggle make this a top pick for any collection strong in either deaf issues or racial struggles.” In On the Beat of Truth, Brown, the oldest of three hearing daughters born to deaf, working class parents, tells stories of her parents’ youth, their tenacious work ethic, their incredible pride of family, their interactions with the deaf African American and white communities, and the suffering they endured living in a hearing world. Read about Maxine as a ten year old interpreting for her father’s courtroom trial, and order On the Beat of Truth online or by mail.

In Outcasts and Angels: The New Anthology of Deaf Characters in Literature, editor Edna Edith Sayers reveals the changes in the portrayals of deaf people in print since Trent Batson and Eugene Bergman released their classic Angels and Outcasts: An Anthology of Deaf Characters in Literature in 1976. Choice magazine had this to say about Sayers’s collection: “Fiction helps readers know and understand cultures other than their own in more empathetic and compassionate ways than informational nonfiction can accomplish. This anthology does just that. Sayers gathered 32 short stories published from 1729 to 2009 that feature deaf characters. Through clever plotting and character creation, the authors of these stories reveal attitudes of hearing people toward sign language, the challenges and limitations of lip-reading, the difficulty of understanding deaf speech, and the infantilization of deaf people. Sayers notes that the only story in this anthology that advocates for signing is Joanne Greenberg’s ‘And Sarah Laughed.’ Sayers also offers writers a useful formula for what she calls a ‘nonexploitative treatment’ of deaf characters in literature: there are at least two deaf characters in a story, these deaf characters converse with each other, and their topic of conversation is about something other than being deaf or the deaf community. This stimulating compilation of short stories with deaf characters will endear, enlighten, provoke, and amuse all readers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduates and graduate students; professionals; general readers.” Read a story from Outcasts and Angels here, and order it online or by mail.

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