Alan Abarbanell brings his highly acclaimed â€˜World of Abababaâ€™ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds will help fund WNCâ€™s ASL Club to assist with scholarship awards and fund other events and activities.
â€œThis is a huge event for our club, and tickets are expected to sell out, said Joseph Baggs, who teaches in WNCâ€™s American Sign Language department. â€œAll are encouraged to attend.â€
Abarbanellâ€™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 â€œa highly interactive workshop designed to test interpretersâ€™ knowledge of the Code of Professional Conduct, critical thinking skills, understanding and comprehension of cultural mediation issues, and how all these disciplines intersect.â€
Workshop participants will use individual and group activities to process and discuss a variety of scenarios provided by Abarbanell.
â€œEach scenario is based on actual experience of the presenter, and participants will be asked to examine the presenterâ€™s response to each vs. their own likely response, and finally, how to apply professional standards and practices in similar situations,â€ Baggs said.
The Code of Professional Conductâ€™s impact also will be discussed in these scenarios. â€œParticipants will be able to cite the tenets of the CPC or describe the major underpinnings of the CPC,â€ Baggs said. â€œParticipants 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.