Curtain Hall

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Simultaneous interpretation, the art of real time oral translation from one language to another, is not an easy skill to teach. So when planners at UW-Milwaukee decided to renovate their SI classroom, they teamed up with the university’s art and film studies departments to build a truly impressive audiovisual system.

The finished room and its AV systems are extraordinary enough to have won a national award from Presentations Magazine. The AV system includes:

  • Audio equipment that allows up to six language interpreters to work at once, broadcasting from soundproof booths to audience members wearing Listen wireless receivers.
  • A high-definition Sanyo projector, displaying images from a Crestron video processor that allows instructors to project a single wide-screen HDTV image, a single 4:3 aspect ratio image or two side by side images.
  • 5.1 digital surround sound
  • Ceiling-hung, podium, and wireless lavaliere microphones
  • A high-end document camera
  • Slide-to-video transfer plus standard slide projectors
  • Crestron touch screen control of all AV and lighting
  • An adjoining breakout room with an AV system that can function on its own or combine with the main room for overflow audiences.


Read a detailed description of the Curtin Hall system.