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ATA at SLAM! 2018

January/February 2019 Issue

The four countries of the Nordic region (Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden) may have a relatively low combined population at just 27 million, but in the translation industry this region hits well above its weight. So, in 2016, when several Nordic language associations joined forces to create the Scandinavian Language Associations’ Meeting (SLAM!), it was […]

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ATA Celebrates International Translation Day with a Blitz!

November/December 2018 Issue

Although International Translation Day (ITD) has been around since 1953, it’s usually a quiet time when translators and interpreters reflect on their careers and congratulate each other on a job well done. But this year was different! In August, ATA called on members to shake it up and celebrate ITD 2018 on September 28 with […]

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ATA at “Protect Translators and Interpreters, Protect the World”: A Roundtable at the United Nations

July/August 2018 Issue

On April 10, 2018, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Belarus to the United Nations hosted “Protect Translators and Interpreters, Protect the World” at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The purpose of this roundtable discussion was to address the need for greater legal and physical protection for translators and interpreters in […]

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ATA Joins Language Advocates to Lobby Congress for Language Education and Industry Priorities

May/June 2018 Issue

On February 15–16, 2018, the Joint National Committee for Languages-National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS), the authority on language policy in Washington, DC, hosted its annual Language Advocacy Day and Delegate Assembly. Every year, ATA lends its voice as one of the advocates from the language professions to meet with Congress and request […]

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Marybeth Timmermann Wins 2016–2017 ATA School Outreach Contest

November/December 2017 Issue

Marybeth Timmermann, an ATA-certified French>English translator based in Greenville, Illinois, won a free registration to ATA’s 58th Annual Conference in Washington, DC (October 25–28) through ATA’s School Outreach Contest. Marybeth won the contest for the photo taken during her visit to Greenville High School, where she spoke to juniors and seniors in the advanced Spanish […]

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Bridging the Language Gap at TEDxNIU

September/October 2017 Issue

I was invited to speak at the TEDxNIU Annual Conference at Northern Illinois University on April 22, 2017. There were more than 200 attendees from various backgrounds, including students, professors, academic staff, and business professionals. TED is a nonprofit devoted to sharing ideas, usually in the form of short talks (18 minutes or less). TED […]

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Translating My Way Around the Periodic Table

July/August 2017 Issue

At the end of 2016 I was invited to speak at the Spring 2017 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in San Francisco. With nearly 157,000 members, ACS promotes and supports chemistry and its practitioners. (For more information about the ACS, see A freelance technical writer I met about 10 years ago […]

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Navigating Language Access in Legal Proceedings at the Philadelphia Bar Association

May/June 2017 Issue

As members of ATA’s Public Relations Committee, those of us assigned as event speakers were asked last year to identify groups or organizations in our area that might be target or receptive audiences to our mission of promoting professional language services. Being most comfortable with the legal profession because of my many years interpreting for […]

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Advocacy Matters

March/April 2017 Issue

If you talk with anyone in our industry, it becomes readily apparent that our stories about how we acquired our languages are all very different. But however different, there’s one common thread that runs through our narratives: spending time away from our home countries. Whatever our circumstances, we’re part of a very small group of […]

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