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ASL Tutor Peter Wujcik, from the American Sign Language Department, answers questions on the duties of interpreters.

Misinterpreted: the role of Deaf and hearing interpreters in the ASL community

March 10, 2020

Though access for Deaf students at Columbia has improved over the years, there is still a need for to educate those in the hearing and Deaf communities about remaining challenges. Oftentimes, people...

ASL interpreters take center stage in Chicago productions

ASL interpreters take center stage in Chicago productions

October 2, 2019

Lights dim, the audience silences, a curtain opens and actors take the stage, but they are not the only ones. American Sign Language interpreters also take their position on theatre stages as the show is abo...

ASL Department celebrates 25 years

ASL Department celebrates 25 years

April 14, 2018

The American Sign Language-English Interpretation Department is celebrating 25 years of instruction at Columbia. The department is hosting a 25th anniversary event April 28 featuring workshops, alumni panels and an evening social at 1104 S. Wabash Ave., with the other locations to...


College community celebrates Deaf Awareness Day

September 25, 2017

To raise awareness and promote accessibility and inclusion for the Deaf community, the American Sign Language–English Interpretation Department will host a Deaf Awareness Day event Sept. 28. The event will be held at Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Ave.,showcasing agencies and busin...

Drugmakers still place profit over people

Drugmakers still place profit over people

By Tyra Bosnic

September 18, 2017

Somewhere on the internet, someone is citing “Big Pharma” as a reason to oppose necessary vaccinations. But large pharmaceutical companies also can affect thousands of lives by failing to meet prod...

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation educator Milton Coronado spoke about the young men who have changed their negative attitudes toward women after taking his course during the April 10 “Let’s Talk About Sex” assembly.  

Students talk sex safety during college assembly

April 17, 2017

Columbia should send an annual email to students solely devoted to basic information about Title IX, said two student speakers at a college assembly in honor of Sexual Awareness Month. Panelists, sophomore journalism major Mia DiSanto and junior theatre major Natalie Toland, discuss...

New ‘Pinocchio’ combines Deaf, hearing actors

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By Erin Dickson

April 10, 2017

The puppet who justwanted to be a real boy is bridging the gap between Deaf and hearing theater in a new adaptation of the famous “Pinocchio” story.Neverbird Project will present its production of “P...

Recent election ‘Trumps’ Brexit

Recent election ‘Trumps’ Brexit

By James Firkins

November 21, 2016

Catchy, isn’t it? It’s neat, clear and incredibly simple. As easily digestible as “Make America Great Again” or that tacky amalgamation “Brexit,” but its message is not deliberately vague.I’m Engl...

Youth actors in the Neverbird Project theater group created and performed a darker rendition of the fairy tale Pinnochio.

New show relies on ‘Sight,’ not sound

September 19, 2016

“Sight Lines,” opening at the Mission Theater, 1501 N. Kingsbury St., Sept. 20, features poetry, theater, improv and dance in a showcase that is inclusive of hearing, hard-of-hearing and deaf audience...


ASL workshops expand deaf culture throughout the city

September 6, 2016

Columbia’s American Sign Language-English Interpretation Department will bring back its ASL Institute Sept. 13, which offers sign language workshops to students and Chicagoans.According to Columbia's A...

Chicago Ballet Arts, a small dance school located in West Ridge, will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a benefit concert on June 18 including both students and alumni who have gone on to be professional dancers.

Chicago Ballet Arts shows kindness with anniversary

April 25, 2016

Unlike classical ballet teachers who are noted for a stern demeanor as portrayed in movies like “Fame” and “Center Stage,” instruction at Chicago Ballet Arts in West Ridge defies those grim, unyielding ...

Nancy Rourke, the ASL deparment’s artist-in-residence, spoke about her art and activism work in the deaf community on Sept. 22 at 1104 S. Wabash Ave Building., coinciding with International Deaf Awareness Week, which takes place during the last week of September.

Deaf ‘artivist’ brings color to Columbia

September 28, 2015

Coinciding with International Deaf Awareness Week, the college welcomed artist-in-residence Nancy Rourke to campus for an exhibit of her paintings and a lecture on being an “artivist” in the deaf comm...

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