Assistant Director of Interpreter Center to Appear on NPR Program

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Anna Witter-Merithew will appear on NPR's Talk of the Nation at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 to discuss the role of facial expression and body language as part of interpreting from spoken English into American Sign Language.

The topic has drawn interest following a public address by New York City's Michael Bloomberg with interpreter Lydia Callis by his side gesturing and using facial expressions for ASL users. Witter-Merithew is the assistant director for UNC's Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Center and director of the Mid-America Regional Education Center.

Talk of the Nation is NPR's mid-day newstalk show carried on close to 400 stations nationwide. You can find a station in the area or find a station to access a live stream at NPR will provide live captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals at


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