The first week in May found experts from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in demand from Monterey to Melbourne, as media outlets all over the globe sought comments from MIIS faculty on a wide variety of issues.
When Japan was hit with a major earthquake and tsunami in mid-March, the Monterey Institute’s tight-knit international campus community banded together immediately in search of ways to help those affected. Led by a group of Japanese-American faculty, staff and students, the community mobilized to raise funds for the Japan Society of Northern California’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Faculty and students set up donation tables at campus events and the weekly farmer’s market in downtown Monterey.
The Student Council of the Monterey Institute of International Studies announced the winner of its first Student Project Contest at the International Bazaar on April 16. The contest was open to all students. Five student groups presented their work and proposals to the Council. The winner, Team Peru, is a group of students from various degree programs who are dedicated to shepherding sustainable development projects in the Sacred Valley of Peru, such as building greenhouses with the support of communities and local secondary schools.
Hundreds of MIIS community members, students, faculty, staff and alumni celebrated the diversity of the Monterey Institute campus on April 16 through the sharing of international cuisine, traditions and entertainment at the Institute’s 24th annual International Bazaar. The event kicked off at 12 noon with a performance by the local Taiko drumming troupe, Shinso Mugen Daiko.
Sitting one day in the Digital Media Commons in November talking about innovation and technology, my January term plans came up. My supervisor Bob Cole asked me, “What do you really want to do?” Growing up in a large family of eight and working in collaborative situations since leaving the nest, this type of question is not always easy for me to answer.
I was studying in library when a massive earthquake of magnitude 9.0 hit Japan on March 11, 2011. As soon as I heard about the earthquake, I called my family in Tokyo and made sure that everyone was safe. However, I could not stop following the news coverage from Japan. Being far from home, I was nervous about what was happening and felt so helpless.
Kate Bollinger is a graduate student in International Policy Studies, with a focus on international development and the region of South Asia. Kate already has a master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford, where she pursued field research and language study in India and Nepal. She also traveled to Nepal last summer to promote women’s reproduction rights with the Advocacy Project.
The Monterey Institute announced on March 28 that Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will be the speaker at the Institute’s spring 2011 commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. on the front lawn of historic Colton Hall in Monterey. The Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Eight students from the Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM) recently departed to India, Nigeria, Tanzania and Vietnam where they will spend the next six months as pilot scouts for the new Frontier Market Scout Program (FMS).