Hundreds of Students from More than Forty Countries Participate in Variety of Monterey Institute Summer Programs
The Monterey Institute offers a wide variety of special programs ranging from intensive language courses and specialized custom language programs to intense training for professionals in the fields of international trade and development. No matter what time of year you visit the Monterey campus, happy voices can be heard in dozens of languages. The summer is no exception.
The Asia Times Online recently published an essay co-authored by Ahmad Waheed (MAIPS ’09) and Matthew C. DuPree addressing the socio-economic ramifications of the recent poppy blight in Afghanistan. DuPree and Waheed, who are both currently research associates with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, note the effects of the recent poppy blight on the national economy, and the efforts of the Taliban to blame to blight on international forces active in the country.
This summer three Monterey Institute students will be working as Peace Fellows on three continents for the Advocacy Project, a non-governmental organization based in Washington D.C. The diverse projects undertaken by this trio will find them seeking justice for family members of the disappeared in Peru, building networks for women in Ghana and promoting women’s reproductive rights in Nepal. The fellowship program is based on the idea that change is best achieved by those who are directly affected.
Daniel Hadley and Jaime LeBlanc-Hadley are two of a growing number of students taking advantage of the language and international policy learning opportunities available at both Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The husband-and-wife pair will study Chinese at Middlebury College this summer before entering the International Policy Studies program at the Monterey Institute in the fall.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently awarded Institute alumna Kathryn Ries (MPA ’86) the highest honor given to NOAA professionals. Ries was awarded the NOAA’s Bronze Medal for her leadership in building hydrographic capacity in Central America to support navigation safety, economic growth and protection of the marine environment.
Talented performers, a gorgeous venue, $5 to get in, and it benefits a great cause – does it get any better than that?
On Friday, April 9 at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey, the Monterey Institute Student Council will proudly present the 41st annual MIIS Follies Talent Show, with proceeds from the $5 admission charge going directly to relief efforts in Haiti.
Katie Klemsem (IPS '05) recalls her experience as a kindergarten teacher in Honduras after Hurricane Mitch left the country devastated:
I am not just a girl. I am a servant, a servant to humanity. Now I am also a writer and a professor, but it hasn't always been that way.
Over the last several years, I have introduced the Monterey Way of teaching and learning at universities in Russia and Kyrgyzstan as advisor to newly established International Relations programs in Perm, Ekaterinburg, and now Bishkek. The Monterey method promotes innovative teaching methods to facilitate active student learning through presentations, debates, panel discussions, group research projects, simulations, and other interactive methods.
Institute alumna Mary Graham (MAIPS ’04) was recently interviewed by Voice of America regarding the development work she is doing with Practical Small Projects, the small NGO she founded "in hopes of facilitating micro-enterprise/finance projects that motivate locals to view themselves as capable entrepreneurs who can develop their own countries." Voice of America reporter Jackson Mvunganyi was specifically interested in the work Mary and PSP are doing in Mali, where they are helping villages become more self-sufficient through well const