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Fatima Cornwall Facilitates Idaho Supreme Court’s Annual Ethics and Written Exam Preparation Workshop
The Department of World Languages hosted the Idaho Supreme Court’s annual Ethics and Written Exam Preparation Workshop on March 24. Fatima Cornwall, Spanish language coordinator, and state and federal certified court interpreter, facilitated the workshop.
Twelve prospective court interpreters from across Idaho participated. The majority are seeking certification in Spanish. Others will test for Arabic, Chinese and French.
The guest speaker, Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robyn Brody, addressed the attendees. Brody explained the court interpreters’ role in guaranteeing access to justice and equal protection for those with limited English proficiency. She ended her welcoming remarks by sharing her love for languages and cultures, specially the Russian language. Her B.A. was in Russian, and later she studied abroad and worked in Russia.
Fátima Cornwall Participates in Winter Retreat for Spanish Court and Medical Interpreters in Antigua, Guatemala
In March, Fátima Cornwall joined 12 fellow Spanish court-certified interpreters from across the United States, and attended the Winter Retreat for Spanish Court and Medical Interpreters in Antigua, Guatemala.
The subject matter was DNA analysis. Interpreters spent five days developing their English/Spanish glossary and honing their simultaneous, consecutive and sight-translation skills. The retreat included a guest lecture by Diego Archila from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology Department, as well as a guided tour of the university’s microbiology lab.
The retreat was facilitated by Chris Dimmick, state certified court interpreter from MD Translation, an Idaho company.
Jason Herbeck Publishes Article in the Journal of Haitian Studies, “Intertexts of the Ecological: Literary Space Revisited in Yanick Lahens’s Bain de lune”
The Journal of Haitian Studies has published an article, “Intertexts of the Ecological: Literary Space Revisited in Yanick Lahens’s Bain de lune,” written by Jason Herbeck.
By focusing on specific intertextual references found in Haitian writer Lahens’s 2014 novel “Bain de lune” (Moonbath), Herbeck demonstrates how the long-term viability of Haiti’s ecology is challenged both on a literary level and in accordance with evolving social, environmental and identitarian realities.
With a focus on speaking German throughout the event, group activities ranged from a competitive poetry slam with groups from each school interpreting and performing a poem, to a scavenger hunt in which one school representative had to find an item in the room during each round. Individually, the students moved among nine stations and completed a wide variety of cultural and linguistic activities such as memorizing and reciting tongue twisters or deciphering clues from Germany’s 16 federal states’ coats of arms. Upon successful completion of the stations, students received stamps in their “Reisepässe” (passports) and prizes for the most stamps.
Becca Sibrian, lecturer of German, was the lead organizer of this event.
Mariah Devereux Herbeck worked with Stacy Sobotka and Rachel Craig, teachers at Jerome High School in Jerome, Idaho, to bring 22 high school French students on Feb. 2.
The students toured the world languages department and resource center where they met faculty members and participated in roundtable discussions with current Boise State French majors and minors. The students from Jerome ended their visit to campus with the screening of “Qu’Allah bénisse la France,” part of the Tournées French Film Festival.
Applications for Summer 2018 Available:Washington, DC Summer Internship Program
May 29 – August 3, 2018
The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation’s capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.
- Professional work experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab world-related organizations in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours per week under the direct supervision of their host organizations.
- Academic seminars: Interns take part in twice-weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab world, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations. There will be a particular emphasis, though not exclusively, on Arabia and the Gulf.
- Site visits: Interns receive a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.
Check out these featured news stories on the Tournées French Film Festival!
The last film screening will take place tonight, 02/02 at 6:00pm in Riverfront Hall, 105. We hope to see you there!
The Boise State Chinese Club will host the annual China Night again to welcome the “Year of the Dog”. The event will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.11, 2018, in the Jordan Ballroom of the Boise State Student Union Building.
Chinese Dinner will be served. Entertainment will include beautiful Chinese traditional and ethnic group dances, Kung-Fu, a magician show, a Chinese Church Choir performance, and Korean dances. Additionally, Boise State students will present some Chinese folk songs and a Taekwondo demonstration.
The annual China Night event is open to all students, faculty and staff, and the general public.
Admission for Boise State students is free. Donations are welcome for non-students.
Free event parking will be available at the Lincoln Garage.