To date the fundraising efforts of Monterey Institute student, staff, and faculty volunteers for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan have raised approximately $7,200, with additional activities set for this week and next week. This total does not include proceeds from the MIIS Follies, held April 1. Moreover, the volunteers have found a partner in the Miner Foundation, which has pledged to match dollar for dollar all donations raised by the MIIS community going forward.
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.
Nabil Fahmy, former Egyptian Ambassador to the United States, will deliver a public lecture on the topic of "Middle East in Transformation: The Domestic, Regional, and International Implications" at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) on April 20.
We're upstairs at Café Lumiere, the old Monterey fishermen are arguing in Sicilian downstairs, a group of Fulbright scholars from West Africa are hunched over laptops, and a man from Copenhagen is ordering a panini. Like a highly caffeinated United Nations, it is a perfect setting for a conversation with former UN intern, Anita Joshi (IPS '11).
Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to the United States has generated wide coverage on the broader topic of U.S.-China relations in the national and international media this week, including a pair of high-profile articles quoting experts from the Monterey Institute on changing defense postures and military dynamics in East Asia.
Mawuor Dior (MAIPS ’10) studied peace-building and conflict resolution while attending the Monterey Institute of International Studies. His education, along with his deep commitment to the well-being of his people, will serve him well now that he has returned home in time to participate in the birth of a new nation.
For most Monterey Institute students, the short winter term in January is a great opportunity to take what they have been learning in the classroom and either develop practical skills through intense practicum courses, or go out into the real world and take their classroom lessons to the field.
On December 27th, PBS News Hour correspondent Jeffrey Brown interviewed Dr. Anna Vassilieva, head of the Russian Studies Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The subject of their interview was the justice system, rule of law and politics in Russia, currently in the spotlight because of the latest conviction of the former oil tycoon and billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
I taught a seminar in Spring 2010 on Grassroots Leadership for the first time, and this innovative seminar culminated in a Grassroots Leadership Symposium. This Symposium was organized by my students, and many grassroots leaders and some academics who work in the local Monterey area were invited to the Symposium.
I am really lucky to have a job and even more lucky to have one in the field I wanted to work in, doing the work I enjoy in a way that follows my values.
After earning an undergraduate degree in economics, I spent two years in Jamaica with the Peace Corps. When I returned to the U.S. in 2005, I worked for a non-profit that was not internationally focused. While the experience was worthwhile, I felt a desire to get back into international development work.