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.
Thomas M. Hout, bestselling business author and international competition expert, will deliver a lecture titled “Are We in a Cold War over Economics with China?” on Tuesday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Irvine Auditorium inside the McCone Building (499 Pierce Street) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Mahabat Baimyrzaeva, Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of International Policy and Management, spent her youth in the libraries of Kyrgyzstan, reading whatever she could get her hands on. While her interests varied, her passion for learning drove her to obtain a doctorate degree in the U.S. Considering Maha's eclectic background, it’s no surprise she is attracted to the Casa Fuente Building.
In September, a delegation of Chinese diplomats led by the Counselor of Education, Mr. Shaowei, visited the Monterey Institute of International Studies campus in downtown Monterey. The delegation participated in Moon Festival activities organized by the Institute’s Chinese Student Association.
The Veterans Organization of the Monterey Institute of International Studies held their first Veterans Day social event last night and was honored to welcome Monterey-area Congressman Sam Farr as their special guest. It was just one of many events planned by the ambitious leadership of the recently formed group.
Ambassador Alan Wolff, former U.S. deputy trade representative and currently director of the Monterey Institute’s International Trade and Development Policy Initiative, was quoted in Wednesday’s New York Times in an article titled “After China’s Rare Earth Embargo, a New Calculus.” The article explores the issues surrounding a recent undeclared embargo by China on exports of so-called “rare earth” minerals.
Dr. Reza Aslan, author of the international bestseller “No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam,” will deliver a public lecture at the Monterey Institute of International Studies at 6:00 p.m. on November 4 in the Irvine Auditorium inside the McCone Building, 499 Pierce Street, Monterey.