The Monterey Institute was well represented at the 2013 Clifford Symposium held at Middlebury College September 24-28. Eight faculty and alumni traveled to Vermont to participate in the event, which was dedicated to "Translation in a Global Community: Theory and Practice."
Sometimes life is what happens when you are busy making other plans, as John Lennon so famously observed. William Scott Wilson (BAJS ’73, SILP ’74) came to the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies (as MIIS was known in the early decades) in 1970 to master Chinese, but ended up switching to the Japanese program. Searching for a good translation project for his thesis he discovered Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by the 18th century warrior Yamamoto Tsunetomo. Explains William: “It really got me!”
With great sadness, the Monterey Institute community learned this morning that Professor Carl Fehlandt has passed away following a brave fight with cancer over the past 14 months.
Nataly Kelly, co- author with Jost Zetzsche of Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World was interviewed by Professor Barry Slaughter-Olsen in the Irvine Auditorium at the Monterey Instiute on October 23. She shared insights and stories from her acclaimed book with the greater MIIS community, on campus and watching from locations around the world via the internet.
Interpreting for presidents and heads of state. Working at the White House, Congress and the World Bank. Traveling around the world. For the past 20 years, Deirdre Durrance has had some amazing experiences.
"Looking back, I can say that I have had an extraordinary career," said Durrance. "Being an interpreter was the best choice for me."
The Translation & Localization Management program at the Monterey Institute prides itself on being at the cutting-edge of technology. Case in point, they are the only translation program in the world using cloud-based technology on a daily level in the classroom.
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.
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.