Novels & Textbook Study

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Each project earns 0.7 RID Professional Studies CEUs upon completion.
(or equiv 7 clock hours certificate)

Choose from our list of approved titles to explore cultures and topics relevant to the populations of multiple cultural-identity consumers that we work with as interpreters. (The book purchase is not included in the program)  Participants register for the program, are sent the RID pre-approved curriculum by RID Sponsor: Ginevra Deianni, and then purchase the book on their own from any bookseller (or public library rental).  The curriculum gives the list of reflection questions that participants chose from to answer after reading the book, as well as research activities to deeper explore the themes and make relevent parallels to our work in the Deaf community.  All RID CEUs are overseen & administered by RID Sponsor: Ginevra Deianni.

Please feel free to email us anytime to ask for curriculum specifics on any project, or sample questions/materials. We want you to feel comfortable with what you are registering for.

Current Novels/Texts Descriptions:

  • "Deaf in Japan" by: Karen Nakamura:  This text explores the cultural history of the Deaf community in Japan, and it's connection and contrast to the U.S.
  • "The Art of Being Deaf" by: Donna McDonald:  Take a journey with Donna McDonald from little 'd' Deaf identity to capital "D" as she explores a literature review of Deaf writing and experiences in the Deaf community.
  • "Healthcare Interpreting in Small Bites" by: Cynthia E Roat*:  This is a collection of short articles about important topics in the medical interpreting profession, such as: professional ethics, words that have no translation, how & when to advocate for a patient, dealing with bi-lingual family members during appointments, general medical vocabulary words, and much more... (A must-read for medical interpreters!) *(This is an Ethics Study specialization credit)
  • "Alone in the Mainstream" by: Gina A Oliva: This is the biography of a Deaf woman's experiences in the mainstream education system.
  • "Deaf in Dehli" by: Madan Vasishta:  One mans life experiences as a Deaf person growing up and living in Dehli, India.
  • "Infidel" by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali:  This best-selling novel outlines the history of Muslim views that have lead to extreme beliefs, and one woman's journey to escape this life.
  • "Voices from the Edge: Narratives about the ADA" by Ruth O'Brien*: This book gives a historic account and explanation of the American with Disabilities Act. *(This is a Legal Specialization Study credit )
  • "Being Mortal" by: Atul Gawande:  This novel explore the human issue of mortality, morbidity, and aging in American culture and our current medical system.
  • "In the Land of Invisible Women" by: Qanta Ahmed : An American trained, British female doctor moves to Saudi Arabia to live and work amongst Saudi culture. 
  • "Deaf Professionals & Designated Interpreters" by: Peter C Hauser:  This truly 'the bible' for interpreters working regularly with a Deaf professional in any field.  Please note: it is a $55 book. Occasionally, it is up for a $5 rental thru Gallaudet/Chicago Press, but make sure to secure the book before you register for this project. (*This is a great to do with a group to share the book cost!*)
  • "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea" by: Barbara Demick: Explore North Korean culture & political power, with some added research on the Deaf community, as compared to our American values.
  • "The Spirit Catches You & You Fall Down" by: Anne Fadiman: This book recounts the tragic cultural story of a Hmong family stuck in the American medical system without cultural mediators and very few interpreters.  (A must-read for medical interpreters!)
  • "Found in Translation" by: Nataly Kelly & Jost Zetzsche: Stories from 'the field' of how interpretations, and life as an interpreter, affects our lives.
  • "Monique & the Mango Rains" by: Kris Holloway: This book is the memoire of a Peace Corps volunteer living in Mali, Africa as a maternal-infant health care worker and her life-long friendship with a village woman.
  • "Nine Hills to Nambonkaha" by: Sarah Erdman: This book is the story of a Peace Corps volunteer's immersion into the culture of the Ivory Coast of Africa.
  • "On Golden Mountain" by: Lisa See & Kate Reading: The book in the story of one Chinese-American's family history and their integration into American life through work and community over two generations.
  • "My Stroke of Insight" by: Jill Bolte Taylor:  A neuroscientist's medically detailed description of her brain hemorrhage/stroke and subsequent recovery.
  • "Ethics for the Real World" by: Ronald A Howard & Clinton D Korver*:  This book examines the core of our value system, challenges us to analyze why we believe what we do, write out a personal moral code, and apply it to our behavior as professionals.  *(This is an Ethics Study specialization credit)
  • "Winning Sounds Like This: A Season with the Women's Basketball Team at Gallaudet" by Wayne Coffey: This book is an inside view of the record-breaking 1998-1999 Deaf women's basketball team and Gallaudet staff who supported them.  Their stories examine Deaf culture, education, personal histories of family, language, oppression and the tenacity required to keep pushing through a world of hearing people triumphing over their assumptions about what it means to be Deaf.
  • "American Chica" by: Marie Arana:  This novel examines dual-cultural identity from a latina/Peruvian and American woman's perspective.  
  • "Mother-Father Deaf" by: Paul Preston:  This novel is a loving collection of family stories and histories from an American CODA that highlight Deaf culture.
  • "The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death & Hope in a Mumbai Undercity" by: Katherine Boo:  This book takes readers into the slums of Mumbai to explore culture, politics and community.  A video link of Deaf culture in Mumbai is included for a compare & contrast cultural exploration.
  • "Black Like Me" by: John Howard Griffin:  Explore issues of race and discrimination (parallel to the Deaf experience) in this classic cultural anthropology experiment where a white man transforms himself to pass as a black man in the 1950s Jim Crowe south. 
  • "The Color of Water" by James McBride:  This memoir examines power, privilege, oppression, culture and identity as the child of a mixed-race family. Parallels to the Deaf/CODA experience of isolation & marginalization are explored.
  • "The White House Interpreter" by: Harry Obst: Dive deeply into the theory and practice of our interpreting work through a spoken language professional lens. This rich discussion of linguistics, boundaries, ethics, and client connection brings our complex cultural-linguistic work into focus.
  • "Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman's journey of Love, Identity, & Adoption" by: Brandi Rarus:  This revealing story of a Deaf woman's unique family journey bravely explores themes of Deaf culture and identity (inside & out of the Deaf community) as she forms a Deaf-centered, loving home for a new child.
  • "Orchid of the Bayou: A Deaf Woman Faces Blindness" by: Cathryn Carroll & Catherine Hoffpauir Fischer:  This memoir guides us through through Catherine's journey to find her Deaf identity and face the changes that Usher's syndrome and the Deaf-Blind experience brings her and her family.
  • Forbidden Signs: American Culture and the Campaign against Sign Language by: Douglas C Baynton:  Learn about the early American campaign to suppress the use of sign language, led by Alexander Graham Bell and follow these arguments into our modern day struggles in Deaf education.