Monthly Book Discussion

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Our on-line interpreter book discussions are a way for professional interpreters to discuss relevant texts with colleagues across the country (and abroad), moderated and overseen by RID Sponsor: Ginevra Deianni.  Book clubs are 1 month long (4 weeks, specified), with a weekly guided reflection question to answer on-line.  Book is not included. Copyright laws require participants to purchase their own book at any authorized bookseller of their choice (Amazon, B&N, etc), in their preferred format.  Many books have an e-book option, and some are available for rental at your local library. There is no specific time to log on for this program - interpreters follow weekly deadlines for posting responses at their own pace to keep the group on track together, but flexibility & extensions are offered if needed.

Participants write a weekly reflection about the book we read through guiding questions posted to our discussion board, and respond to each other to create meaningful dialogue on the topic. We use Google Groups for our on-line discussion.  Having a gmail account provides the most seamless experience, but other emails are accepted on this platform.  CEUs are awarded and posted to RID members transcript at the end of each session upon successful completion.  All RID CEUs are overseen & administered by Ginevra Deianni, RID Sponsor.  To register for an upcoming bookclub, see below:

Now Accepting Registration for October:

Session Runs: October 1 - 31, 2019

"Forbidden Signs: American Culture and the Campaign against Sign Language"

by: Douglas Baynton

Forbidden Signs explores American culture from the mid-nineteenth century to 1920 through the lens of one striking episode: the campaign led by Alexander Graham Bell and other prominent Americans to suppress the use of sign language among deaf people.  The ensuing debate over sign language invoked such fundamental questions as what distinguished Americans from non-Americans, civilized people from "savages," humans from animals, men from women, the natural from the unnatural, and the normal from the abnormal. An advocate of the return to sign language, Baynton found that although the grounds of the debate have shifted, educators still base decisions on many of the same metaphors and images that led to the misguided efforts to eradicate sign language. Join us for a collegial discussion about issues of language power, oppression & privilege.  As a group, we will share professional and personal experiences to deepen our understanding of the rich history of the American Deaf community.

Register Now Through October 5, 2019

Upon registration, an invitation to join the closed discussion group and RID paperwork for CEUs.  Participants must purchase their own book (available at any book seller and/or local library of their choice).  There is no specific time participants need to be on-line.  Weekly reflections are posted at the pace of the reader.

0.7 Professional Studies* CEUs    /     Cost:  $82

*Power Privilege & Oppression (PPO) Specialization Category*

All Book club selections earn RID Professional Studies CEUs.


Future 2019-2020 Session Titles:

Nov 2019: "Made to Hear", by: Laura Mauldin
Dec 2019:  "Sign Safely, Interpret Intelligenty" by: Dr Diane Gross
Jen 2020: "Legal Rights: The Guide for Deaf & Hard of Hearing People" by NAD
Feb 2020:  "Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love" by: Myron Uhlberg
March 2020: "If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name" by: Heather Lende
April 2020: "Found in Translation" by: Nataly Kelly + Jost Zetzsche