Karen Borgenheimer, MFA Translation, a classically trained, certified interpreter and translator, is regarded as a skilled, insightful and versatile professional who is equally comfortable in the courtroom and international conferences where she has interpreted for heads of state, diplomats, the Department of Defense and Homeland Security. Her Interpreter Training Workshops have been a huge success in Florida, California, Oregon, Arizona and Spain. Karen has trained hundreds of certified interpreters and interpreters-in-training.
Ms. Borgenheimer has been a university professor for 30 years and a professor in the Translation and Interpretation Program at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida for the past 18 years. Additionally, she served as the director of the FIU T&I Program from 2015 to 2016.
Karen obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree in Translation Studies from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. She also completed doctoral coursework in Spanish Language and Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For nearly a decade, Karen lived in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain where she taught at the Real Centro Universitario (RCU) “Maria Cristina.” During this time, she attended the prestigious Sampere Escuela de Traductores e Intérpretes in Madrid. Upon her return to the U.S., she studied Court and Conference Interpreting at Florida International University (FIU).
Prof. Borgenheimer’s understanding of the Spanish language, culture and history is unique. It is this uniqueness and experience that she brings into the classroom by blending concepts and techniques with real-life applications and a good dose of humor.