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Word of Mouth - April 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. We are Hiring Nepali and Uzbek Interpreters. Please send resumes and inquiries to 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. 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. / 412-435-1110 /


#IYIL2019 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:



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: 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*F 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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