A BBC News story on the tense situation in Syria on December 7 featured a live in-studio interview with Bilal Saab, a visiting fellow in the Washington, D.C. office of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). BBC News Anchor Jane O’Brien asked Saab to comment on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s claim in a recent TV interview that he is not responsible for the brutal crackdown on popular dissent in Syria.
In an op-ed piece published in Israeli newspaper Haaretz on December 2, Monterey Institute Professor Avner Cohen pointedly argues for restraint and informed debate regarding possible responses to Iran’s nuclear ambitions in an opinion column titled “Israel’s Iran Dilemma.”
It’s hard to think of a more inspiring setting for a day of structured intercultural activities than the natural beauty of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park in the fall. Every year Professor Peter Grothe invites students in his popular course in intercultural communication—as well as students from all degree programs at MIIS—for an all-day retreat in Big Sur.
Professor Jan Knippers Black has had a passion for freedom, fairness and social justice ever since she traveled to Chile as part of the very first class of Peace Corps Volunteers in 1962. Recently elected to serve on the board of directors of Amnesty International USA, Jan will receive another honor on Saturday, October 22 when the Monterey County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will present her with their annual Ralph B. Atkinson Civil Liberties Award.
On Saturday, October 8, an estimated three hundred people gathered at the Monterey Institute’s downtown campus to participate in a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. The day began with a screening of the film “An American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver” and continued with panel discussions about the early years of the Peace Corps and the impact of service on careers. After an international tea and coffee reception, guests filled the Irvine Auditorium for a sold-out lecture by renowned author and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Paul Theroux.
Quinn VanValer Campbell is currently pursuing her MA in International Policy Studies with an emphasis on Conflict Resolution. This past summer, she interned with a Washington, D.C. group called The Advocacy Project. That organization placed her with a community organization in Bosnia called BOSFAM. In Bosnia, Quinn worked with women who survived the country's 1995 massacre in Srebrenica.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies has launched the MIIS International Friendship Program, matching incoming international students from various degree programs with enthusiastic local families. The program provides a unique opportunity for students and local families to share their cultures and backgrounds with one another and learn something new. The local families are not expected to provide students with a place to stay, but rather to invite students to explore life outside of the campus.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies will host a public panel titled “Ten Years After 9/11: Reflections on the Global Jihad” on Friday, September 9 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Irvine Auditorium inside the McCone Building at 499 Pierce Street in downtown Monterey.
Local businesses and student service providers offering everything from food and transport to banking and recreational opportunities introduced themselves to new and returning students at the Monterey Institute’s second annual Student Information Fair on Wednesday, August 24. The event drew a steady crowd of new and returning students and was a great success, connecting students, many of them new to the Monterey Peninsula, to service providers in the local community.
The fall is always an exciting time at the Monterey Institute where faculty, staff and returning students welcome a diverse group of new students from all over the world. This year the incoming class includes citizens of 33 countries and speakers of 22 native languages. What they discover during the first week of orientation is that now they all have one important thing in common—they are all citizens of the Monterey Institute community.