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Dissertation defense for Mark Halley

  • Date: November 12, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Location: Hall Memorial Building (HMB), Room 1002 A/B

To:      Students, Faculty and Staff

From:  Gaurav Mathur, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School

Re:       Dissertation Defense for Mark Halley 

It is my pleasure to announce that Mark Halley, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Interpretation and Translation, will defend his dissertation, “Interpreting Dissent: Narratives about American Sign Language-English Interpreting for the Deaf President Now Protest” on Monday, November 12, at 1:00 p.m. in Hall Memorial Building, Room 1002 A/B.  The first forty minutes of the dissertation defense are open to the Gallaudet community. 

In this study, Mr. Halley analyzed the role of American Sign Language-English interpreters who worked in the 1988 Deaf President Now (DPN) protest. Drawing from theories in social movement studies, he employed narrative inquiry to analyze interpreters’ role as a form of ideologically-structured action. The findings demonstrated how the interpreters in DPN were an integral part of the protest, not detached and disengaged language facilitators. Specifically, the data shed light on the position interpreters embodied as activists who developed strong ties with the protesters through a sense of solidarity and collective identity.

The members of Mr. Halley’s dissertation committee are Dr. Brenda Nicodemus, Department of Interpretation and Translation, chair of the dissertation committee; Dr. Keith M. Cagle, Department of Interpretation and Translation; Dr. Emily Shaw, Department of Interpretation and Translation; Dr. Sharon Barnartt, Department of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Sociology (retired); and Dr. Mona Baker, Professor Emeritus of Translation Studies, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Mr. Halley entered the Ph.D. in Interpretation Program at Gallaudet University in 2014 after completing the Master of Arts in Interpretation Program. In addition to his interest in politics and his research on protest movements, Mr. Halley has co-authored three papers on interpreters’ management of metalinguistic references in discourse in collaboration with Dr. Brenda Nicodemus, Dr. Giulia Petitta, Dr. Valerie Dively, and Mr. Marc Holmes. Mr. Halley has been awarded more than $20,000 in grant funding to support his dissertation research, the collaborative metalinguistics project, and his travel to present this research at conferences across the United States and Europe.  Mr. Halley has worked as an American Sign Language-English interpreter in private practice since 2011, specializing in medical, postsecondary, and vocational rehabilitation settings.

Please join me in extending best wishes to Mark Halley for his dissertation defense.

Posted by Elizabeth Gibbons | Posted November 2, 2018 at 9:35 AM


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