HomePage
Gallaudet University Press

9:9 Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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.


Special Offer: Order Both New Interpreter Education Books And Receive 20% Off

See Below

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.


Another of editor Roy’s titles, Advances in Teaching Sign Language Interpreters, volume two in the aforementioned series, received excellent notice in the current issue of Interpreting, International Journal of Research and Practice in Interpreting: “Cynthia Roy’s collection of papers offers detailed insights into innovative classroom practices with an emphasis on rendering the learning environment as realistic as possible. [T]his volume succeeds in providing innovative and useful suggestions and practical guidance in teaching various aspects of sign language interpreting based on theoretical foundations which will certainly enable readers to enrich their classroom activities. Each of the papers in this volume explores broad pedagogical experimentation, incorporates cross-cultural issues or focuses on particular innovative strategies useful for educators in the field of sign language interpreter training, adding up to a welcome addition to the growing literature in interpreting studies.” The full review is available online. Read the foreword and a select paper, From Theory to Practice: Making the Interpreting Process Come Alive in the Classroom, and order Advances in Teaching Sign Language Interpreters.

Order both Interpreter Education titles today for 20% off.


Just visiting? Subscribe now to the Gallaudet University Press E-newsletter and receive exclusive updates, book excerpts, and discounts...absolutely free.

Read previous Gallaudet University Press E-newsletters:

August 2001
September 2001
October 2001
November 2001
December 2001
January 2002
February 2002
March 2002
April 2002
May 2002
June 2002
July 2002
August 2002
September 2002
October 2002
November 2002
December 2002
January 2003
February 2003
March 2003
April 2003
May 2003
June 2003
July 2003

August 2003
September 2003
October 2003
November 2003
December 2003
January 2004
February 2004
March 2004
April 2004
May 2004
June 2004
July 2004
August 2004
September 2004
October 2004
November 2004
December 2004
January 2005
February 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005

August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006
December 2006
January 2007
February 2007
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007
July 2007
August 2007

Fall 2007 Catalog


HomePage

Contact the webmaster at gupress@gallaudet.edu

Copyright 1999-2007 Gallaudet University. All rights reserved.