On April 15, the Monterey Institute of International Studies is hosting TEDxMonterey for the second time. This year the theme is “Cultivating Innovation,” and the impressive line-up of speakers and presenters is shaping up to be true to the TED promise of “riveting talks by remarkable people.”
Karen Gross graduated from the Monterey Institute in 1986 with an MA in Conference Interpretation. A seasoned interpreter, she has worked for theEuropean Parliament for more than 20 years.
1) Could you tell us more about yourself?
Four second-year students of Russian translation and interpretation had the opportunity to put their skills to the test at the 7th Asian Winter Games in Kazakhstan this January. Their professionalism was proven by their work as simultaneous and consecutive interpreters at a number of high-level press conferences and television interviews during the Games.
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Under the terms of a new memorandum of understanding (MOU), the Organization of American States (OAS) will offer interpretation students at the Monterey Institute of International Studies a unique post-graduate training opportunity designed to help them qualify to join the organization’s roster of freelance conference interpreters.
The Panetta Institute Lecture Series kicked off on Monday, February 21 with a lecture featuring former Senator Alan Simpson and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, discussing the question “Is There a Fair Way to Reduce the Federal Deficit?” As part of the lecture series, the two distinguished guests and moderator Ron Insana of CNBC held a dialogue with students from Monterey Peninsula hig
Four second-year Monterey Institute students studying for a master’s degree in Russian Translation and Interpretation received institutional support to travel to Kazakhstan this January for the Asian Winter Games. Immersive learning opportunities like those provided at large international events are invaluable to aspiring professional interpreters.
On January 26, the Chinese consul general in San Francisco held a national reception to celebrate what is considered China’s most significant holiday. For the first time, five Monterey Institute students were invited to attend as representatives of China’s overseas students in the United States.
Four Spanish Translation and Interpretation students are participating this January in the first-ever MIIS International Translation and Conference Interpretation Practicum, at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile. In 2009, Professor Cas Ann Shulman-Mora recognized an opportunity presented by the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Monterey Institute and the United Nations. She started working to create practical training opportunities for students. Her efforts have already started to pay off.
In a recent column in the Salt Lake City area‘s Deseret News, alumnus Adam Wooten (MAT/MBA '06) emphasizes that conversational skills and even fluency in another language do not in any way compare to the formal graduate education required to be successful as a high-level translator and interpreter. Wooten is vice president of the Globalization Group Inc. and teaches a translation and technology course at Brigham Young University.
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.