Word of Mouth - April 2019

April 10, 2019

April 2019



Welcome to our new Operations Manager! We are thrilled to introduce you to Maria Balbin, the newest member of our team. Maria is a City of Pittsburgh Civic Leadership Academy Alumni, and a volunteer for the Latino Community Center, TedxPittsburgh, The Art of Democracy and the City of Pittsburgh. She is the lead organizer of the brand new Parents Club at Tepper Business School at CMU, holds a Bachelor in Business and has extensive experience in sales, operations and customer service. In her free time, Maria likes nature, photography, organizing spaces, swimming and beach volleyball. She’s a perfect fit, and we hope you will all love her as much as we do. 

Roundtable Discussion. The University of Pittsburgh Departments of Classics and of French & Italian Languages & Literatures are hosting the event series Passages: Translation & the Mediation of Time & Space throughout the spring 2019 term. Our Director, Mary Jayne will be speaking as part of a roundtable discussion this Wednesday, April 3rd at 1:00pm as part of this series, to explore the role and impact of translation as a tool of mediation between divergent chronological, geographical and cultural settings. https://passagesspacetime.wordpress.com/

We are Hiring Nepali and Uzbek Interpreters. Please send resumes and inquiries to careers@globalwordsmiths.com

Refugee & Immigrant Health and Wellness Fair.  Free food, activities, and resources for the whole family. This event is open to everyone- immigrants, refugees, and U.S. born citizens. All are encouraged to attend and show your support for an open and welcoming city. Global Wordsmiths is proud to sponsor interpreters and translation for this year’s event in thirteen languages. April 13th from 11:00 - 2:00 at August Wilson Center.https://isacpittsburgh.org/refugee-immigrant-health-and-wellness-fair/ 

With love, always.

Mary Jayne



Last month’s “Counterspeak” Episode Features Translator Katherine Young, and discussion of Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works by Akram Aylisli. Due to the book’s critical depiction of the Armenian Genocide, it is banned — and copies of Aylisli’s books were burned — in Azerbaijan. During the interview, Young shared her views on the importance of reading censored books and how we can support banned authors.





An entire episode of WESA’s The Confluence dedicated to language services in local school districts!



Client Spotlight: City of Asylum 

City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors by providing sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices are not silenced. COA has hosted writers from China, Iran, Myanmar/Burma, Venezuela, and El Salvador. Tuhin Das from Bangladesh, Osama Alomar from Syria, and Márcia Tiburi from Brazil are the three current resident writers. Tuhin Das is a poet, activist, political columnist, short story writer and essayist; Osama Alomar is one of the most well-respected Arabic poets writing today, and a prominent practitioner of the “very short story.” Márcia Tiburi is a professor of philosophy, literary critic, and writer. COA Pittsburgh is also the national headquarters for ICORN, The International Cities of Refuge Network based in Norway. COA works closely with ICORN in their common mission to provide shelter to writers and artists at risk, and to defend and advance freedom of expression locally and internationally. 

alphabetcity.org / 412-435-1110 / contact@cityofasylumpittsburgh.org


These short animated films in dialects of the Huasteco, Maya, Mixteco, Náhuatl, Totonaco, Yaqui and Zapotec languages celebrate Mexico's rich linguistic landscape and are hauntingly beautiful. Ranging from two to three minutes, each film employs a different designer to give powerful expression the wisdom contained in these indigenous languages. From reflections on life and death, to vividly recounted myths of the ancient times, these films give Mexico’s indigenous languages their due place amongst the great treasures of human civilization. 




Check out this service for telephonic interpretation of Mayan languages! We’ve heard good things about them from some of our community partners: http://www.mayainterpreters.com/


Welcoming the Stranger
April 4, 5:00 - 7:00 at 101 Hazlett Street


Khūrākī: East Liberty/Highland Park
April 6, 7:00 - 10:00 at Union Project

Greek Night with The Filarakia and Jemeena Bellydance
April 6, 8:00 -11:00 at James Simon Sculpture Studio


Ukrainian Pysanky/ Easter Egg Workshop
April 6, 11:30 - 2:30 at St. Peter & St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church


Franck Moeglen & Jean Gaudaire-Thor Opening Reception
April 6, 4:00 - 7:00pm at Chrisrine Fréchard Callery


CFP Francophone Potluck
April 7th , 3:30 - 5:30pm (address TBD)
Inquiries to: CFPittsburgh@gmail.com

Rakia Connecting People Vol 8
April 7, 9:00 - 2:00 at BABA

Círculo de lectores - “Tell me How it Ends” 
April 9, 12:00 at CLP Downtown

Residência: Zapienkanki Pop-Up Dinner for Pittonkatonk
April 9, 5:00 -10:00 at Casa Brasil

Latino Community Center Information Session
April 10, 4:00pm at Latino Community Center

GlobalPittbsurgh First Thursdays
April 11, Roland’s Seafood Grill

Gypsy Stringz at Huszár!
April 11, 7:00 - 10:00pm at Huszar

Sounds from Ireland
April 12, 7:00 - 8:30 at Chatham University

Creating Confluence: Diversity Leadership Training
April 12, 9:00 - 5:00 at JFCS Pittsburgh

The 39th Annual Latin American & Caribbean Festival
April 13, 12:00 - 8:00 at Posvar Hall

Refugee & Immigrant Health & Wellness Fair
April 13, 11:00 - 2:00 at August Wilson Center for African American Culture

Storytelling with Len Cabral
April 13, 3:00 - 4:00 at City of Asylum

52nd Annual Pysanky Sale
April 14, 11:00am - 4:00pm at St. Peter & St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Slavic Spring Festival
April 14, 11:00am - 4:00pm at Posvar Hall

Art of Translation Series: Emma Ramadan
April 15th from 7:00 - 8:30pm at City of Asylum

From Other to Us
April 16, 6:00 - 9:00pm at Casa Brasil

Fiesta Flamenca 2019
April 20, 7:00 - 10:30pm at Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Door Knocking Campaign w/ Casa San José
April 20 in East Liberty

Khūrākī: Oakland
April 22, 7:00 - 10:00pm at Islamic Center of Pittsburgh

ReelQ: Tchindas
April 24, 7:00 - 9:00pm at City of Aylum

Söndörgő (Hungary), Bombici, DJ Pandemic
April 24, 8:00 - 11:30pm at Brillobox

Sembéne: The Film & Arts Festival - The Giant is Falling
April 25, 6:00 - 7:30 at Community Engagement Center - Homewood

Tanac and Ljeljo in Combined Concert
April 27, 2:30 - 11:00pm at Kean Theater

AfroBeastilettos with Nneka Irobunda
April 27 from 3:00 - 6:30 ay Art in Motion

Around the World International Potluck
April 27ath at Wilkins School

2019 CameroonFDP Steak Fry
April 27, 6:00 - 11:00pm at Wheeling Park Sonneborn Shelter

Global Minds Global Potluck
April 30, 5:30 - 8:00pm at the Ace Hotel






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