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We are excited to announce the 17th Annual Summer Symposium will be taking place Friday, June 21st – Sunday, June 23rd 2024!

ASL Weekend Immersion Track

ASL Immersion Track: Led by Deaf instructors, this three-day program is designed to educate ASL students at various levels in an ASL-only environment.

Dates: Friday, June 21st 2024 – Sunday, June 23rd

Where: Northeastern University, Boston Campus (in person event)*

Registration Cost: $175 (includes lunch on Friday and Saturday)

*Limited financial scholarships available, apply through the registration link*

Deadline to register: Friday June 7th at 11:59 p.m. ET

Registration is Required.

Refund Policy: Full refunds will be processed prior to 6/9/2024.

Cancelation Policy: Summer Symposium ASL Immersion and the Interpreting registration refund policy a) before June 9, 2024 100% B) June 9- June 13, 2024 50% C) After June 14, 2024 no refund will be given.

*On-campus housing is available for an additional fee (deadline: Friday June 7th at 11:59 p.m. ET)*

Here a list of Hotels / Nearby Accommodation we recommend for those who wish to stay off campus.

*Room location and more details will be provided upon registration.

**Please send any and all requests for reasonable accommodations to Kathleen Perry at k.perry@northeastern.edu before Wednesday, June 5th, 2024.

Weekend Schedule (times are currently tentative)

Friday June 21st, 2024

9:30am – 5:30pm

Introductions, breakout sessions, and more! More details coming soon.

Saturday June 22nd, 2024

9:00 – 6:00pm

Breakout sessions, group activities and weekend social will be hosted this day.

Sunday June 23rd, 2024

9:00am – 12:30pm

Wrap-up the weekend with all ASL track participants coming together for a fun activity.

‘ASL Weekend Immersion’ Facilitators

More details on ASL facilitators coming soon!

Interpreting Track: A Weekend of Workshops

This year we will be hosting three workshops. You are welcome to join as many as you are able! If you join all three there is a discounted participation rate.

Registration Cost:

$60 for all 3 workshops (includes lunch on Saturday)

$40 for one workshop (Theatre Interpreting or Ethics workshop)

$5 for RID 101: An introduction to RID

Registration is Required.

Refund Policy: Full refunds will be processed prior to 6/9/2024.

Cancelation Policy: Summer Symposium ASL Immersion and the Interpreting registration refund policy a) before June 9, 2024 100% B) June 9- June 13, 2024 50% C) After June 14, 2024 no refund will be give

Schedule

Workshop time

Workshop titles

Saturday June 22, 2024

9:00am – 12:30pm

1:30 – 2:30pm

2:30 – 5:30pm

“Situating the Ethical Interpreter: Fostering Moral Courage, Collaboration, and Comfort” workshop (0.35 CEUs in PS)

Symposium Social

“Break Fingers! Interpreting for Theatre!” workshop (0.3 CEUs in PS)

Sunday June 23, 2024

9:00am – 12:30pm

“RID 101” workshop (0.35 CEUs in GS)

This year’s workshops

“Situating the Ethical Interpreter: Fostering Moral Courage, Collaboration, and Comfort”

  • Presented by: Tsana Dimanin and Cara Schwartz 
  • Come get a backstage pass to theater interpreting! This workshop will focus on the logistics of this specialized setting. We will provide definitions, identify various players along with their roles and responsibilities, and outline the experience of a theatrical job. This journey will start with accepting the job and pinpoint benchmarks along the way, culminating in your performance interpreting debut. Learning will take place through lecture, video, collective/interactive learning, and question-and-answer. Written materials will be provided.
  • RID CEU Information:
    • Northeastern University ASL & Interpreting Education Program is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies Workshop is offered for 0.35 CEUs at Little/No Content Knowledge Level.
    • This workshop is presented in English. Requests for accommodations will be considered and must be received no later than 6/6/2024. Northeastern University does not discriminate in any way and actively promotes an environment of mutual respect, safety and equity.

“Break Fingers! Interpreting for Theater” 

  • Presented by: Emma Loveland 
  • Discussion will begin with a “climate check” regarding student’s familiarity with moral reasoning and how reflective practices can improve their understanding and application of ethical principles in their interpreting practice. Specifically, three interdependent forces on ethical decision making and moral implementation will be introduced. They are:
    – moral courage (strength to uphold principles)
    – cooperation (working together toward goals)
    – comfort (physical and mental ease)

    Students will utilize real world journal entry data generated for my masters thesis research project which found the above factors to have direct consequences on interpreted interactions. The journal entries will prompt students to consider questions such as: What happens when an interpreter is comfortable in a situation? What if they are uncomfortable? How is their comfort level affected by the willingness of participants to interact cooperatively with the interpreter? Is the interpreter’s moral courage influenced by these various factors? Ultimately, by recognizing and mitigating sources of stress and discomfort, interpreters can enhance their ability to make ethical choices, allowing them to maintain professional integrity, and provide high-quality interpreting services.

    Students will explore tangible strategies, such as seeking supportive work environments, utilizing stress-reduction techniques, and employing reflective practice methods to enhance their capacity for sound moral reasoning. They will discuss how this awareness can enhance their ability to make and implement ethical choices and benefit their clients. These tools will ensure their interpreted interactions are conducted ethically while also promoting their overall mental and emotional health.

    The workshop will feature a blend of activities, including case studies (journal data), role-playing scenarios, lecture, and group discussion to allow students to embody and analyze their capacity to generate and implement well-reasoned ethical decisions when their decision making processes are taken out of the internal thought space and applied to real world scenarios where they will be influenced by external factors.
  • RID CEU Information:
    • Northeastern University ASL & Interpreting Education Program is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies Workshop is offered for 0.3 CEUs at Little/No Content Knowledge Level.
    • This workshop is presented in ASL. Requests for accommodations will be considered and must be received no later than 6/6/2024. Northeastern University does not discriminate in any way and actively promotes an environment of mutual respect, safety and equity.

“RID 101”

  • Presented by: Christina Stevens and Kate O’Regan 
  • This workshop is an introduction to RID, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the Professional Membership Organization for American Sign Language professionals. In this workshop we will use the RID website to break down the steps to becoming a member, how to go from a student to an associate member. We will introduce the board of directors and headquarter staff. We will explain their roles and how that pertains to the membership. We will use Mentimeter to ask pre-workshop questions and use results to adjust the workshop to the needs of the audience. This will also how we gage knowledge at the end of the workshop.  
  • RID CEU Information:
    • Northeastern University ASL & Interpreting Education Program is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This General Studies Workshop is offered for 0.35 CEUs at Little/No Content Knowledge Level.
    • This workshop is presented in ASL. Requests for accommodations will be considered and must be received no later than 6/6/2024. Northeastern University does not discriminate in any way and actively promotes an environment of mutual respect, safety and equity.