Areas of Study


Gallaudet University is committed to advancing and sharing research at a local, national, and international level.

Through a partnership of the Center for the Advancement of Interpretation and Translation Research (CAITR) and the Department of Interpretation and Translation (DoIT), Gallaudet offers a Colloquium Lecture Series comprised of evidence-based talks about signed language interpreting and translation given by leading scholars in the field.

This lecture series aims to promote scholarship in Interpreting and Translation Studies through academic discourse about research studies. Past lectures and their video links are given below.

2019-2020 CAITR Colloquium Lectures

Colloquium Lecture Series

David Qunito-Pozos

Simultaneous Interpretation and Grammatical Diversity: The Case of Pronouns (March 6, 2020)

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Gina Oliva, PhD

What the World Needs Now: Educational Interpreters and the Social Deprivation of Deaf Children (November 22, 2019)

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Lily Wang, PhD

What Goes Around Comes Around: How Interpreting Practice Informs Research and Vice-Versa (October 4, 2019)

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2018-2019 CAITR Colloquium Lectures


Paul Harrelson

Deaf Employees’ Perspectives on Effective Interpreting in the Workplace (April 12, 2019)

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Colloquium Lecture Series

Robyn Dean, PhD

“Paying Undue Allegiance to Sociology”: Deconstructing Descriptive Devices for Ethical Guidance (February 8, 2018)

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Miako Villanueva, PhD

Community-Based Participatory Research in Interpreting Studies (December 7, 2018)

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Joseph Hill, PhD

The Phrasal Rhythm in American Sign Language (ASL) Varieties: What Interpreters Need to Know (October 12, 2018)

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2017-2018 CAITR Colloquium Lectures


Patrick Boudreault, PhD

Development, Translation, and Dissemination of Bilingual and Bimodal Genetic Counseling Materials (September 8, 2017)

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Ruth Anna Spooner, PhD

Literary Translations in Signed Languages: A Task Far More than Translating Stories, Plays, and Poems (November 10, 2017)

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Debra Russell, PhD

Research in Interpreting in Legal Settings: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt? (February 9, 2018)

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Pamela F. Collins

Getting Scheduled: An Exploration of the Process (April 13, 2018)

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2016-2017 CAITR Colloquium Lectures

Colloquium Lecture Series

Lindsey Synder, PhD

Speak Hands For Me: Shakespeare, American Sign Language and Rhetorical Gesture (September 9, 2016)

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Flavia Fleischer, PhD

Incorporating Community Cultural Wealth into the Interpreting Profession (November 11, 2016)

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Emily Shaw, PhD

Gesture in Multiparty Interactions (February 10, 2017)

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Folami Ford

Creating a Space of Our Own: A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Reality of African American ASL-English Interpreters (April 14, 2017)

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2015-2016 CAITR Colloquium Lectures

Jules Dickinson

Jules Dickinson, PhD

The Workplace Interpreter’s Role: “It’s Not All About the Work!” (Oct 9, 2015)

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Colloquium Lecture Seriea

Giulia Petitta, PhD, Mark Halley, MA, and Brenda Nicodemus, PhD

“This is the Sign For…” Interpreting Metalinguistic References in Discourse (December 7, 2015)

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Jack Hoza

Jack Hoza, PhD

Interpreting in the Zone: New Research on How Interpreters Achieve Their Best Work (February 20, 2016)

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Laurie Swabey

Laurie Swabey, PhD

First, Do No Harm: The Case for Specialization in Healthcare Interpreting (April 19, 2016)

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2014-2015 CAITR Colloquium Lectures

Kim B. Kurz

Kim B. Kurz, PhD

Deaf Children’s Comprehension of Direct and Interpreted Education (October 10, 2014)

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Kevin Cagle

Keith M. Cagle, PhD

Are Some ASL Lexical Signs a Thousand Years Old? (February 6, 2015)

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith, PhD

Possibilities and Pitfalls of Educational Interpreting (February 20, 2015)

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Danielle I. J. Hunt

Danielle I. J. Hunt

Professional Identity Development of ASL-English Interpreters (April 17, 2015)

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2013-2014 CAITR Colloquium Lectures

Jeremy L. Brunson

Jeremy L. Brunson, PhD

Following the Paper Trail: Putting Institutional Ethnography into Practice (August 29, 2013)

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Lori A. Whynot

Lori A. Whynot, PhD

Assessing Communicative Effectiveness and the Conventions of International Sign (September 24, 2013)

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Christine Monikowski

Christine Monikowski, PhD

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (November 6, 2013)

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Sherry Shaw

Sherry Shaw, PhD

Trust and Responsibility in the Deaf Community: The Role of Community Engagement for Interpreters and Students (February 11, 2014)

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Erica Alley and Annie Marks

Annie Marks and Erica Alley

Video Relay Service Interpreting: Findings from Two Studies (March 4, 2014)

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Christopher Stone

Christopher Stone, PhD

Cognition and L2 British Sign Language Acquisition (April 15, 2014)

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Brenda Nicodemus

Brenda Nicodemus, PhD

Spoken and Signed Language Prosody (February 13, 2012)

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