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When: 2/9/2013
From 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Where: SFSU Downtown Campus
835 Market Street
Room 619
San Francisco, California 
United States

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Join us for our quarterly general meeting!
When: Saturday, February 9, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. New Member Orientation from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.           

Where SF State Downtown Campus located in the Westfield San Francisco Centre,835 Market Street @ 4th Street, 6th floor.

Transportation and Parking :Muni rail lines J, K, L, M, N, S or F; MUNI street cars and buses 5, 6, 7, 9, 21, 31 or 66, stops at Powell and Market Streets; BART: Powell station. See also
Door prizes! All attendees will be eligible to enter the raffles.
12:30 p.m.:  Orientation for New Members
New members and anyone who wants to know more about NCTA are invited to join the New Member Orientation.

1:00 p.m.: Networking
Come meet and network with fellow translators and learn more about the association.
1:30 p.m.: NCTA Business and election results
2:00 p.m.: Mayor Bloomberg’s Sign Language interpreter: Over the top or on top of it?

Many viewers who saw New York Mayor Bloomberg’s Hurricane Sandy speeches noticed his sign language interpreter, Lydia Callis, who became an overnight sensation and the brunt of much internet and TV humor.  People commented on her expressiveness and quite a few (non-sign language) interpreters criticized her interpretation as embellishing and over the top. Was she overly-emoting and editing freely or was she linguistically and culturally correct? Join me in a fun exercise watching and learning some of the signs she uses and in looking at the "expressive” elements of American Sign Language (ASL) from a linguistic and cultural perspective.  What is ASL? Is it a literal rendition of English represented by gestures or a language with a distinct grammar? What can sign language interpreters and spoken language interpreters learn from each other?

Presenter: Cris Eggers, Communique Interpreting

Cris Eggers, a sign language interpreter and educator has an MA in Interpretation from Gallaudet University, the world’s only Deaf university. Certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf since 1996, she is the founder and CEO of Communique Interpreting located in Northern California which specializes in certified and insured sign language interpreters for in-person or remote via video appointments with medical providers, hospitals, educational institutions, and private, and public agencies. She has been an instructor since 1999 and teaches a variety of classes in the college setting and to organizations including "Interpreting in Medical Settings,” and "How to Effectively Use Interpreting,” and taught the California Healthcare Interpreter Association (CHIA) standards to interpreters and administrators. She served as co-vice chair of CHIA in Northern California and also as the Vice President of the Northern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf from 2007-2009.

3:15 p.m.: Networking
Refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting, and there will be an opportunity for networking. We'd like to thank our sponsor, LUZ, Inc., for providing the refreshments for the meeting!
Note: For those who are ATA certified, you will receive 1 CE point for attending the meeting.

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  • San Francisco, CA 94114-1600
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