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Languaculture; the Erosion of Culture in ASL Interpreting

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019; 8:00am-4:00pm
Where: Northeastern University*
Cost: $90.00 ($80.00 for ITP Students)


According to a national survey, 49% of nationally credentialed sign language interpreters spend less than 10% of their time socializing with Deaf people; only 20% of interpreters are members of NAD and only 8% of interpreters are members of their state association of the Deaf (Cokely, 2011). For ASL interpreters, what does this mean for ASL maintenance and your role with deaf culture? This interactive workshop explores the importance of understanding languaculture as the inextricable relationship between language + culture in which a specific language will shape and influence culture; language and culture cannot be separable (and vice versa). There will be exploration and discussion among the trends of the interpreting field and its capacity to address the language maintenance of the deaf community/culture. It is the end goal of this workshop to incorporate the ideas and praxis of languaculture as positive leverage toward the field of ASL interpreting in pursuit of greater understanding about the contributions of deaf individuals and its culture who are part of the human fabric in our larger society.
*Room location and more details will be provided upon registration.
**Please send any and all requests for reasonable accommodations to Cayle O’Brien at c.obrien@northeastern.edu before March 15, 2019.
Northeastern University is an approved RID sponsor. This workshop is offered for .65 CEUs or ACET credits in Professional Studies.

Meet the Presenter

Dr. Thomas P. Horejes

DR. THOMAS P. HOREJES is Gallaudet University’s Associate Provost for Student Success & Academic Quality.  He is former Executive Director for Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation (DEAF, Inc.), a deaf-centric non-profit advocacy and interpreting services. He holds a Ph.D. (2009) in Justice Studies at Arizona State University with a focus on current social justice issues, such as human rights against a backdrop of legal systems, law and culture to create meaningful, real-world impact through public policy and systems change.

Academically, Dr. Horejes has over thirteen years of teaching in higher education, more than fifteen peer-reviewed published articles including Why Positionality Matters in Deaf Education (co-authored with Dr. Patrick Graham) anda book entitled, Social Constructions of Deafness: Examining Deaf Languacultures in Education. He is also former professor of sociology at Gallaudet Universitywhere he was co-Primary Investigator for a successful 3-year $495,000 grant that has resulted in numerous publications, presentations, and will be a book forthcoming on bilingualism in kindergarten schools for the deaf in three different countries (USA, Japan, & France). He was also co-chair of the Research on the Education of Deaf Persons Special Interest Group (SIG) for American Educational Research Association (AERA).