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One Man, Many Roles

The Life and Work of Robert F. Panara

“The story of Robert ‘Bob’ Panara’s experiences as a deaf man who became a master teacher offers insight into the many debates going on in his field, Deaf education,” states Harry G. Lang, author of Teaching from the Heart and Soul: The Robert F. Panara Story, volume six in the Deaf Lives series. “Bob spent endless hours searching for a way to integrate the many aspects of his life into a whole through meaningful teaching. As William Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It, ‘One man in his time plays many parts.’ Bob spent his hours hoping to reconcile the many dichotomies in the field of Deaf education. These included the debate about whether to sign or to speak, the relevance of the humanities in technical education, and the questions of how to address the needs and interests of deaf and hearing students in integrated classes and how to succeed personally and professionally in both the Deaf community and in mainstream society.

But it was the ‘heart and soul’ in his teaching, not the windmills he fought, that have touched the lives of generations of students.” As such, Bob’s life might best be summarized with a quotation from a letter written to him by his former student Taras Denis when Bob received an honorary doctorate from Gallaudet University in 1986. “Denis wrote, ‘Yes, the ripples you made forty years ago are now waves crashing on distant shores.’ Those ‘ripples’ are what Bob Panara’s life is all about today. A great teacher, he is surrounded by fans, young and old, who have found him an inspiring guide to life.”

Read more about the life of Robert F. Panara in chapter sixteen, Being and Reading, and save 20% off the regular price when you order Teaching from the Heart and Soul online or by mail. For online orders, type “SEP0720%” in the “Comments or Special Instructions” box below your credit card information.

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Editor Cyntha B. Roy’s New Approaches to Interpreter Education, the third volume in the Interpreter Education series, was recently featured in CHOICE magazine: “This book collects seven chapters authored by practitioners of sign language interpretation, one of the main components of the newly emerging field of interpreter studies. Presenting work from the linguistic (sign language) and interpreting disciplines, the book takes up such topics as degree programs in interpreting, curriculum, methods, and materials. A chapter on educating interpreters in Australia gives the book an international flavor. The chapter on multiculturalism applied to interpreting is an added plus, given the increasing number of Latino/a Americans who are deaf and in need of interpreters who know Spanish, English, American Sign Language (ASL), and Mexican Sign Language. Throughout contributors make frequent mention of certified Deaf interpreters, who specialize in working as a team with hearing interpreters in helping Deaf clients with minimal language skills, particularly in court or legal settings. This would be an excellent introductory text for a beginning interpreter student as well as a good resource in libraries supporting coursework in ASL and Deaf studies. Summing Up: Recommended.” Read chapter two, and order New Approaches to Interpreter Education with the book below.

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