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Word of Mouth - September 2018

September 2018


Global Wordsmiths Now Offers Video & Telephonic Interpretation! While we do not recommend the use of Video or Telephonic Interpreters for full encounters, we recognize that they are important tools for scheduling, making first contact and bridging gaps in service. Beginning this month, Global Wordsmiths will begin a soft rollout of these services in over 180 languages, 24/7. If you are interested in piloting with us, please to get on the wait list. Data Dump. The data has been crunched from our Summer 2018 Language Access Project cycle. From May 30th – August 3rd, 6 interns provided 1,164 volunteer hours for Sarah Heinz House, Literacy Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and The Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education. Results:

  • 87 LEP individuals were served directly through in-person and/or phone interpretation. They came from the following countries: Nepal/Bhutan, China, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, Russia, and Guatemala.

  • 485.5 hours were spent translating 431 documents.

  • Of the hours spent interning, 52% was spent translating, 42% was spent interpreting, and 6% was spent training.

Thank YOU for your support of this program! By supporting Global Wordsmiths, you are helping us manage and fund this program, which provides this benefit at no cost to nonprofits every semester, so that they can more effectively serve immigrants and refugees in Allegheny County. Fall 2018 Language Access Project Kickoff. Here we go again! Through December, nine interns who speak Arabic, Nepali, Mandarin, Spanish, French, Russian and Japanese will provide free translation and interpretation for Literacy Pittsburgh, All for All, Sarah Heinz House, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Baldwin Public Library, Brentwood Public Library, and Whitehall Public Library. Again, thank you for your support! Have a great month, Mary Jayne



“Anyone who has ever tried translation knows the feeling: Some are put off by its endless puzzles; others find them as addictive as chess. Kate Briggs’s “This Little Art” is a meditation on translation, full of quotes like the above, and of speculations about how translation interacts with, distorts and intensifies reading.”


News The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette features language access in the region. (Featuring Global Wordsmiths, the Allegheny County dept. of Human Services, UPMC and AHN)

Language Access Tools European Commission Translation Checklist


Client Spotlight: The Alliance for Infants & Toddlers

Client Spotlight: The Alliance for Infants & Toddlers The Alliance for Infants and Toddlers, Inc. is dedicated to:

  • Respecting the strengths, challenges and diversity of families and communities.

  • Providing a broad array of high-quality services and support to families and children in Allegheny County.

  • Delivering services and support in a timely fashion and a respectful manner by a well-trained team who work in collaboration with families, professionals and community partners.

  • Developing resources, knowledge and relationships to support families and to strengthen the fabric of family life.

We believe that by supporting families to help their children we are contributing to a stronger, more productive community that embraces all families and children.

Contact: (412) 885-6000



REEES Opening Reception September 4, 2018 at 4:00pm, 4130 Posvar Hall Opening reception for the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Time: 4:00 pm, Location: 4130 Posvar Hall, Sponsored by: Center for Russian and East European Studies, Contact: Kiersten Walmsley. Brittsburgh Festival September 4 – 9, various locations and times Join British American Connections for a festival of Britain across the City of Pittsburgh during Britsburgh week for numerous British themed events - Beer, tea, netball, Shakespeare, World War I Centennial Charity Dinner, comedy and more. Injustice: Political Theory for the Real World September 5, 7:00pm at St Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church Hear from Global Switchboard board member, Michael Goodhart, as he discusses his new book, Injustice: Political Theory for the Real World during a Vanka Lecture at the St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale. The murals by Maxo Vanka located at this church served as inspiration for the book's cover! Salsa in the City September 5th, 8:00pm – 12:00am at The Fairmont This event will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month by commemorating one of Pittsburgh's Greats- Roberto Clemente! We will also pay homage to one of Mr. Clemente's favorite bands, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico! The Pittsburgh Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Salsa412 has teamed up to host Salsa in the City at The Fairmont Hotel as the Official After Party for their benefit event at 5pm to help support the PMAHCC Scholarship fund! Here's a link for more information: Global Pittsburgh First Thursdays September 6th, 5:30 – 8:00pm at Roland’s Seafood Grill Join us on September 6 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Roland's Seafood Grill to celebrate everybody and everything global in Pittsburgh & welcome new international students to the Pittsburgh region! Dinner + Dance Party for Immigrant Justice! September 7, 7:00pm – 12:00am. 5120 Penn Avenue Join Casa San Jose on First Friday at 5120 Penn Avenue! Food starts at 7pm until it runs out, and live music/dance party starts at 8pm! Catch performances by the Mayday Marching Band and DJ Scotty playing cumbia/dance mixes! Tamales + empanadas + brass music + Cash bar = good time! This is a family friendly/kids welcoming space! Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival September 7 – 9 at Our Lady of Victory Maronite Catholic Church Indulge in authentic Lebanese cuisine at the annual Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival, September 15-17, 2017. Hosted by Our Lady of Victory Church, the lively festival features authentic food, traditional dances, live entertainment, games, and activities for the whole family. 28th Annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival September 7 – 9, Riverplex at Sandcastle The beauty of Irish dance, music, and literature bridges many borders. Our desire is to build upon a strong cultural foundation and expand the wealth of talented artisans, both domestic and foreign, available to our audience. Currently, our Cultural Area presents weavers, Irish historians, lace makers, storytellers, Gaelic symbol drawing, and harp and whistle demonstrations, and along side with our Children’s Area, represents our commitment to providing entertaining and educational interaction for families. FOOD SALE Fundraising on Fridays! September 7, 14, 21 and 28th 11:00am – 2:00pm, 5120 Penn Avenue Casa San Jose is raising funds to send immigrant families, youth, DACA folks and allies down to Arizona to protest the border wall and to temporarily reunite a special PGH family in AZ by selling delicious food every Friday. AFROHEAT presents Pandemic: Kaleta and Super Yamba Band September 7, 9:30pm – 2:00am at Brillobox Djs SMI and Pandemic Pete plus special guests bringing the Afrofunk from Benin by way of NYC. Kaleta and Super Yamba bring the 70s era Afrobeat sounds with this 9 piece funky and dark sound. Brooklyn afro-funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by legendary Afrobeat veteran Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta. The singer, guitarist and percussionist from the West African country of Benin Republic lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. Kaleta performed and toured the world with the two most popular musicians from Nigeria, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, along with Majek Fashek and recently Lauryn Hill. Freedom-to-Write Public Conversation with Asli Erdoğan September 8th, 5:00 – 6:30 at City of Asylum Our annual Freedom-to-Write keynote will feature two distinguished authors: Turkish novelist, journalist and human rights advocate Aslı Erdoğan (now exiled writer-in-residence in Frankfurt’s City of Refuge) in conversation with novelist Akhil Sharma. Join us for what is sure to be an inspiring evening! Círculo de lectores: Historia de mujeres de Rosa Montero September 10, 12:00 – 1:00p.m. Carnegie Library (Downtown Branch) Join us on the second Monday of each month for Círculo de Lectores/ Spanish Book Club at Carnegie Library – Downtown & Business. Once a month we will get together to discuss in Spanish a book originally written in Spanish. We welcome readers who have a love of Spanish language and culture – native speakers and advanced level Spanish speakers. On September 10th we will discuss Historias de Mujeres by Rosa Montero. Contact us to take out a copy of the book. What You Should Know About US-China Trade & Why it Matters for PA September 11, 8:00am – 9:30am at Rivers Club – Ohio Ballroom Join us for a breakfast briefing with Erin Ennis from the US-China Business Council. She will address issues surrounding recent developments regarding US-China Trade, specifically how these developments may affect Pennsylvania. Center for Latin American Studies Cinema Series September 11, 6:30pm at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium CLAS Cinema is an initiative of the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) of the University of Pittsburgh with the objective of sharing the contemporary visual culture of Latin America with students, professors, the community and the general public. Latin American Cinema is among the best in the world. As in literature, Latin American film has a long history of examining social and political issues related to the diverse countries of the region through a range of cinematographic genres. Global Education Coalition Meeting September 12, 8:30 – 10:30am at The Global Switchboard Register to attend our next Global Education Coalition Meeting! We will be continuing to develop a campaign for our action team to pursue together based on the list of target audiences and messages created during our last meeting. If you missed one of the meetings or would like a refresher on our ongoing conversations, visit the Switchboard Hub's Global Education page. 2nd Annual All for All Summit September 13, 8:00am – 5:00pm at The University Club Join All for All for a day-long, interactive gathering on the role of immigrants in entrepreneurship and the local economy, as well as the intersection of immigrant inclusion with local politics, the arts, and more. YMCA Welcoming Week Celebrations September 14th, all day at local YMCA branches During Welcoming Week, YMCAs nationwide will bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents to promote cross-cultural understanding and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone! Pittsburgh Area YMCAs will host activities during Welcoming Week to celebrate what unites us as a community! Event details will be posted soon! For questions, please email EuroFest 2018 September 15th, 11:00am – 5:00pm at Posvar Hall EuroFest is a family friendly festival featuring all things Europe in the ‘Burgh. Local artisans and vendors will create a dynamic marketplace and performances of song and dance will be presented on the main stage. Food booths featuring various European cuisines will be participating and artistic demonstrations and children’s activities will take place throughout the day. Free and open to the public! For more information visit Pittsburgh Reggae Festival September 15th, 11:00am – 9:00pm, 1210 Heron Avenue A showcase of Pgh’s Reggae culture including live bands, djs, vendors, food and refreshments. Refugee and Immigrant Care Conference September 17th, 8:30am – 4:00pm at Allegheny Center Alliance Church This conference aims to increase church leaders’ awareness of the needs of refugees, immigrants and other internationals and highlight strategies churches can use to proactively offer welcoming and global care initiatives within their communities. Vibrant Pittsburgh Regional Economic Inclusion Summit September 17th at the Westin Convention Center The Vibrant Pittsburgh Regional Economic Inclusion Summit is designed for Leaders, Employee Resource Groups and Affinity Groups from across the region. US Foreign Policy Towards a Tumultuous Middle East September 18th, 12:00 – 1:30pm, Omni William Penn Hotel Distinguished speaker and foreign affairs expert Ross Harrison joins us to discuss US Foreign Policy Towards a Tumultuous Middle East. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 am. Speaker remarks and lunch will begin at 12:00 pm. From Circular Economy to Circular Society: European Perspectives September 21, 10:00am – 3:00pm at Phipps Conservatory The workshop aims to create opportunities for citizen-led and community-oriented innovation for a sustainable circular economy, looking at lessons and examples from Europe and Pittsburgh, then engaging in a group design process. Workshop participants include citizens, city planners, local government officials, and organizations committed to the vibrancy of their communities. 1st Annual Pennsylvania Latino Convention September 20 – 22, Lancaster Marriot at Penn Square The mission: Empower. We promote Latino/Hispanic achievements and preparation for local, state, national and global competitiveness by fostering excellence and ensuring equal access to all aspects of Pennsylvania’s shared prosperity and responsibility. Penn Brewery Oktoberfest September 21-23 & 28-30 at Penn Brewery Get your Lederhosen ready, Penn Brewery's classic Oktoberfest celebration is back for another two weekends of fun! As always, we will combine old-time traditions with new sounds and flavors. Join us at our mid-19th-century landmark building and Biergarten for two weekends of cold bier, delicious food, traditional Bavarian music, and fun vibes! Diversity in Tech Brunch September 22, 12:30 – 3:30pm at Innovation Works A gathering for Saturday brunch to connect and be inspired. This is an event geared toward black, latinx, and other people of color who are currently working in tech, starting or funding a tech startup, and/or interested in learning more. During the event, guests will hear from founders of diverse backgrounds who are building and growing their tech companies right here in the southwestern Pennsylvania region. Guests will also learn about Innovation Works (IW), our programs, and current opportunities. Global Pittsburgh Painting Night September 23, 5:00 – 8:00 at Kiln-N-Time Ceramic Studio This will be an evening of friends, art, and creativity! No experience needed for this event. You are encouraged to bring snacks and drinks (alcoholic or not) if you prefer, for a relaxing evening. Canvas (16'' x 20''), paint, and everything you need is included - just come and enjoy! Bring wine if desired. The instructor will teach you how to paint, add contrast and shade on a beautiful canvas that you can take home the same night. Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival September 23, 1:00 – 6:00 at Kennywood Park Celebrating the #CityofDumplings on September 24, 2017 at KENNYWOOD! Literacy Pittsburgh Career & Education Fair September 26, 10:00 – 12:00 at the Westin Convention Center Literacy Pittsburgh’s Fall 2018 Career and Education Fair is held twice a year, and each time we attract more than 100 students. The event is a great opportunity for them to meet potential employers and postsecondary schools, while practicing professional communications skills. We strive to offer a wide variety of employers at the fair. If you think this opportunity would be a fit for your company, please reach out to Andrea at 412-393-7644 or Festival of Friendship September 28 – 30 at Trust Arts Education Center The 2018 Festival of Friendship Is a free, 3-day cultural festival that is open to the public and involves absorbing discussions and talks, beautiful performances, and fascinating exhibits. 2018 Latino Picnic September 29th, 12:00 – 7:00pm at The Schenley Overlook ¡Ven con tu familia y amigos a disfrutar de comida, música, juegos, rifas y más. Como siempre TRAE ALGO PARA COMPARTIR! Traga sua família e amigos para apreciar música e jogos. Teremos sorteios de brindes e muito mais! SINTA-SE À VONTADE PARA TRAZER UM PRATO DE DOCE OU SALGADO PARA COMPARTILHAR! Bring your family and friends to enjoy music, games, participate in raffles and more! As always, BRING SOMETHING TO SHARE! Dinner Hosted by the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh September 29th, 6:30 – 8:00pm at Trust Arts Education Center We would like to invite you to a traditional South Asian banquet, hosted by the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, that will take place at the 2018 Festival of Friendship, during the panel discussion, "The Miracle of Hospitality," at 6:30pm on Saturday, September 29, in the Trust Arts Center (805 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222). The dinner is free for all those who RSVP to this invitation. Alba Flamenca in Concert September 29th, 8:00pm at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Join Alba Flamenca for the first concert of the 2018/2019 season!! We are back at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, coming together again for a night of music, dance, friends, and wine to welcome the new season and celebrate a birthday!! Alba Flamenca will be playing some of your favorite flamenco tunes and premiering some new material in an intimate setting where you can enjoy the rhythm and melodies of this beautiful art form. Guest musicians include Erik Lawrence. The event is family friendly.

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