Insights Into “CODA”

March 19, 2023 Newton Free
Marlee Matlin in “CODA” (Promotional still)
Marlee Matlin in “CODA” (Promotional still)

Join us for a special screening of 2021 Academy Award Best Picture winner “CODA” (PG-13), a coming-of-age story about 17-year-old Ruby, the sole hearing member of a deaf family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her passion and her fear of abandoning her parents.

The program will begin at 6:30pm with an introduction by Rabbi Robinson.  Together, we’ll watch a recording of the interview of Valerie McMillan by Ruth Nemzoff followed by a brief discussion lead by Rabbi Robinson.  Even if you have seen the movie, join us at 6:30 for the interview and discussion.  Valerie will be talking about her experience and sharing her thoughts about the portrayal of the CODA and deaf family in the movie.

About the Interview

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff is the author of Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws Into Family (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2012) and Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships With Your Adult Children (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2008) and a frequent speaker on family dynamics. She is an affiliated scholar at Brandeis’ Women’s Studies Research Center.

When Nemzoff was a visiting scholar at the Wellesley Center for Research of Women, she wrote an historical analysis of the “Changing Perceptions of Mother of Children with Disabilities.” As co-president, she led the merger of Etgar L’Noah and the Jewish Special Education Collaborative to form Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. She is on the board of 18Doors: Unlocking Jewish, and the advisory committee of the Jewish Grandparenting Network.

Valerie McMillan, an OH CODA (Only Hearing Child of Deaf Adults) which is often referred to as a Heritage Language Learner (HLL). She has two kids (Jaylen -22, Madison – 12) where her oldest, will be creating his own path in the interpreting field. She has over 25 years in a variety of settings including about 17 years with Sorenson. In addition to her interpreting practice, she has 19 years of experience supervising interpreting services in government agencies, higher education, and the corporate world. Valerie holds a MA in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity from St. Catherine University and her BS in Educational Interpreting with a Concentration in Deaf Education from Barton College by way of UNC-Greensboro. While in attendance at St. Catherine, she was awarded the 2020 Leadership award. During the pandemic, Valerie created her own brand, CodaNet ASL Interpreting Services, LLC. Valerie holds credentials in: Full NC License and nationally certified (NAD IV ).

Currently, she works as one of the Regional Trainers for the Interpreter Education Program Development (IEPD) department at Sorenson. She brings extensive experience in mentorship, teaching webinars/workshops, and teaching in an ITP and ASL classes where she takes great pride in assisting with the understanding of Deaf Culture, importance of allyship, and the development in her students’ American Sign Language and interpreting skills. She believes in the concept of Each One Teach One. One can’t learn what they don’t know they unless others who have the experience are willing to pass on the knowledge. Valerie also has a passion in collaborating with ITP students through various programs at Sorenson (COMPASS, Connections, Deaf Interpreter Academy (DIA), and Synergy) as well as partnering with Deaf/Interpreter community organizations. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, self-care (teaching Zumba, soul line dancing, cardio fitness, traveling, and retail therapy). Her love for all mankind is her drive in her social justice focus she brings to this field.

Sponsored by the B’Tselem Inclusion Committee.

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Sunday, March 19, 2023, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
* Registration closes on March 14th
Temple Emanuel
385 Ward St
Newton, MA 02459

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