April 11, 2014

Comedian/Storyteller Entertains, Educates

American Sign Language Club Presents “World of Abababa”

Alan Abarbanell brings his highly acclaimed ‘World of Abababa’ tour and sign language interpreting skills to Western Nevada College and Carson City. The event is on Friday, April 11, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Carson Nugget Casino.

The comedian and storyteller will focus on his experiences of being the child of a deaf adult. Abarbanell is a veteran sign language interpreter and has lectured nationally on the issues of interpreter ethics and CODA family issues. The name for his tour stems from a friend being unable to pronounce his last name.

Tickets cost $15 with a student ID and $20 without, and are limited to 400.

They are available from any ASL Club member or at the Deaf Studies Office in room 325 of the Cedar Building. Email deafstudies@wnc.edu. All proceeds will help fund WNC’s ASL Club to assist with scholarship awards and fund other events and activities.

“This is a huge event for our club, and tickets are expected to sell out, said Joseph Baggs, who teaches in WNC’s American Sign Language department. “All are encouraged to attend.”

Abarbanell’s visit also includes an interpreting workshop hosted by the WNC ASL Club from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, in Cedar Building room 109. Cost is $50.

According to Baggs, it will be “a highly interactive workshop designed to test interpreters’ knowledge of the Code of Professional Conduct, critical thinking skills, understanding and comprehension of cultural mediation issues, and how all these disciplines intersect.”

Workshop participants will use individual and group activities to process and discuss a variety of scenarios provided by Abarbanell.

“Each scenario is based on actual experience of the presenter, and participants will be asked to examine the presenter’s response to each vs. their own likely response, and finally, how to apply professional standards and practices in similar situations,” Baggs said.

The Code of Professional Conduct’s impact also will be discussed in these scenarios. “Participants will be able to cite the tenets of the CPC or describe the major underpinnings of the CPC,” Baggs said. “Participants will be able to describe the intersection between the CPC and how their own personal/moral codes effect decision-making."

The workshop costs $50.

Register online at www.campusce.net/wnc. Seating is limited to 35 people, who will receive continuing education units for attending.

Press Release: January 29, 2014

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