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 We've made available this digital archive of the TBC News here as historical reference and still relevant topics for our communities.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


Deafened Cat Learns Deaf Culture by Holly Roth

More Deaf Women Speak Out by Elaine B. Haines, Fallon Brizendine


Pride And Pluralism by Bill Isham

Nunc Aut Nunquam (Now or Never) by Jean Boutcher

*This issue needs to be rescanned for missing page(s).


Coordination Nationale Anti-Implants Cochléaires by Christine Spink-Mitchell

Acting Upon Your Beliefs by Patricia Nusser

My Nightmare in Las Vegas by Charlene Ferrari



Deaf and Hearing Teams interviews with Patrick Graybill and Charlotte Baker-Shenk

TBC Reflections by MJ Bienvenu and Betty Colonomos


*Resistance to American Deaf Culture: Ten Reasons Why by MJ Bienvenu

Is the Deaf Community at Risk? by Joanne Cripps

*This issue needs to be rescanned for missing page(s) in this article.


Signed Songs- An X-Rated Show? by Lianne Moccia


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The Deaf Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series is offered for Deaf Interpreters. This specialized series is for Deaf Interpreters only.

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Foundations of Interpreting

The Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series provides insights into The Integrated Model of Interpreting and the processes we engage in while interpreting. Click here for more information on the series as well as a schedule of current seminars being offered.

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