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Deborah Reisinger

Associate Professor of the Practice, Romance Studies
Director of Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum
Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
06 Languages; 110 Gross Hall
(919) 660-2420

Summary

Deb S. Reisinger, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of the Practice in Romance Studies, and affiliate faculty in the Duke Global Health Health Institute. As Director of the Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) initiative at Duke, Deb develops advanced content-based language courses in global health, public policy, and environmental studies; languages include Arabic, French, Hindi, Mandarin, and Spanish.

 

Trained in 20th-century French and Francophone Studies, Deb is keenly interested in how we use language to express identity. Her first book, Crime and Media in Contemporary France, explores how the media shapes public discourse on crime to frame a politics of national identity. 

 

Since 2013, Deb’s work at Duke has focused on Central African refugee resettlement in NC. Each fall, she teaches a service learning course each fall, Issues in Global Displacement, that pairs students with refugee families, and together, they have developed a series of projects welcoming French-speaking refugees to Durham. Bienvenue à Durham projects include a bi-lingual guidebook to Durham, translation services, a museum exhibit, a computer donation program, and a web-based series of ESL training videos (dukehello.com). A fellow at the Center for New North Carolinians, she is the recent co-author , with Joan Clifford, of Community-based Language Learning (Georgetown Press, 2019). The book provides a framework for language learning in and with local communities.

Locations

Teaching

Title Number Level
Global Displacement: Voix Francophones
Crosslisted as RIGHTS 325S GLHLTH 325S ICS 332S

Builds advanced language skills in context of migration and resettlement issues focused on Central and West African Francophone refugees in North America. Examine current laws, processes, practices, reasons for seeking refugee status, integration into host countries, challenges of cultural orientation. Discuss questions of testimony or narrative, including ethical considerations, with close attention to politics of listening to and speaking for other communities. Texts include UNHCR documents, documentary films, interviews, literary narratives. Community-based component (20 hours) engages students with refugee community in Durham. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: French 204 or equivalent.

Course Notes:
FRENCH 325S
UG Only
Voices in Global Health: French Tutorial

Through practical and theoretical discussions around case studies, personal narratives, documentaries and recorded interviews in the French language, students will examine how language and culture impact health beliefs and behaviors. Explore underlying reasons for different beliefs and behaviors with the goal of creating culturally appropriate interventions. Tutorials meet weekly for 75-minutes. Prerequisite: French 204 or equivalent or concurrent enrollment in French 204. Instructor consent required. Half course.
Check out the flyer with information about Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum, which this course is part:http://bit.ly/2zT0w9q (copy address to your browser)

Course Notes:
GLHLTH 270T-3
UG Only
Voices in Global Health: Spanish Tutorial
Crosslisted as SPANISH 270T-1

Through practical and theoretical discussions around case studies, personal narratives, documentaries and recorded interviews in the Spanish language, students will examine how language and culture impact health beliefs and behaviors. Explore underlying reasons for different beliefs and behaviors with the goal of creating culturally appropriate interventions. Tutorials meet weekly for 75-minutes. Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or equivalent or concurrent enrollment in Spanish 204. Instructor consent required. Half course.
Check out the flyer with information about Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum, which this course is part: http://bit.ly/2zT0w9q (copy address to your browser)

Course Notes:
GLHLTH 270T-6
UG Only