TBC News

BMC and MJBCo-directors Betty M. Colonomos and MJ Bienvenu developed innovative workshops that pushed the envelope for the interpreting field and the Deaf community around issues of the day. Not surprisingly, some of those issues remain today.

The monthly newsletter, TBC News, highlighted many of these issues, inspiring many to rally for change in their own thinking and in the communities where they lived. We've made available this digital archive of the TBC News here as historical reference and still relevant topics for our communities.

TBC Co-director Betty M. Colonomos

TBC Co-director MJ Bienvenu

TBC News

TBC News

Archived newsletters, The TBC News, from The Bicultural Center circa 1988-1993. The topics in these newsletters offer historical perspective that continue to be relevant over 30 years later.

Click on VIEW to access any newsletter as a pdf in a new page.

Click on DETAILS for a brief glimpse of some content.

Click on DOWNLOAD to download the newsletter at no cost to you.

When using the website's Search feature at the bottom of the page, entering a word or phrase will identify which newsletter(s) contain the word or phrase (if any). The listed newsletters contain the results. Click VIEW on the newsletter which opens it in a new window. Then use the Adobe Reader search function to find the word or phrase within the newsletter.

For simple instructions on using the Adobe Reader Search feature, view this article: How to Search within a PDF


Disabled? Who? by MJ Bienvenu

From the Viewpoint of a Multicultural Person by Wendy Cheng

Why We're Learning ASL by Pat Wagenknecht

Challenges in the Classroom by David Still and by Charlie Rancke


An Open Letter to Deaf Parents, Hearing Children of Deaf Parents, and Others Concerned with Deaf People Parenting Hearing Children by Betty M Colonomos

Black Deaf Students Overlooked by Two Worlds by Lindsay Dunn

Dancingly and Singingly by Sam Edwards

Challenging the Summit by Jesse Thomas


Letter to a Deaf Student by MJ Bienvenu, Betty M Colonomos, Judith Treesburg

Too Bad to be True: Deaf Teacher Unqualified to Teach Deaf Pre-schoolers by Beverly Hanyzewski



Deaf Jurors- Yes! by Janie Golightly

Let Me Set This Straight by Beverly Hanyzewski-Brizendine

The Wall: Oral Communication | Deaf Culture by Deaf Students, Cabrillo College, Aptos, California



Reflections of American Deaf Culture in Deaf Humor by MJ Bienvenu

Deaf English Class by Nattalia Zeva


An Open Letter to Alumni, Students of Gallaudet, and Friends by MJ Bienvenu

The Deaf Way: Reflections by Bob Alcorn

Ben's Story: A Deaf Child's Right to Sign Book Review by Lin Campbell and Holly Roth


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