Patricia Szasz

Patricia first became interested in the field of language education based on her own language learning experience. She found that learning French as a school requirement was not nearly as motivating as learning Italian in an effort to engage with the Italian people and culture. After working as a software trainer in Silicon Valley, Patricia taught English as foreign language in Milan and Rome, Italy. Her love of teaching eventually led her to pursue her master's degree in TESOL here at the Monterey Institute.

The Week Ahead: Ex-Defense Secretary Speaks, Human Rights Conference, Localization Talk

The week of May 2, the Monterey Institute of International Studies will play host to a series of distinguished guest speakers on topics including the future of nuclear weapons, human rights activism around the world, and localization best practices:

“Localization for the Little Guys,” a lecture by Cameron Jahn
Tuesday, May 3 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Irvine Auditorium

MIIS Campus Community Raises Over $27,000 for Japan Relief

When Japan was hit with a major earthquake and tsunami in mid-March, the Monterey Institute’s tight-knit international campus community banded together immediately in search of ways to help those affected. Led by a group of Japanese-American faculty, staff and students, the community mobilized to raise funds for the Japan Society of Northern California’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Faculty and students set up donation tables at campus events and the weekly farmer’s market in downtown Monterey.

MIIS Launches New Executive Education Program

This June and October, the Monterey Institute of International Studies will for the first time offer an executive education program in Monterey, California. The program is for executives, managers and government leaders, and offers attendees the opportunity to discuss vital industry issues with experts and peers from around the world.

The two- and four-day trainings will be taught by Monterey Institute professors and other expert practitioners. Four thematic tracks will be on offer this inaugural session:

Sarah Percoulis, MPA Alumna & Youth Empowerment Specialist

24th Annual International Bazaar Spotlights Diversity at MIIS

Hundreds of MIIS community members, students, faculty, staff and alumni celebrated the diversity of the Monterey Institute campus on April 16 through the sharing of international cuisine, traditions and entertainment at the Institute’s 24th annual International Bazaar. The event kicked off at 12 noon with a performance by the local Taiko drumming troupe, Shinso Mugen Daiko.

Karen Gross, Conference Interpreter at the European Parliament

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.

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Monterey Institute Professor Kathi Bailey Receives Prestigious TESOL Award

Professor Kathi Bailey of the Monterey Institute of International Studies received the Heinle Outstanding Achievement Award on Thursday, March 17 at the annual Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Conference in New Orleans.

Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Puts Spotlight on CNS, MIIS Experts

Experts at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) have been in high demand by the local, national and international media in recent days as the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan have unfolded.

MIIS, CNS Experts Featured at Panel Discussion on Japan Situation This Friday

“Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Troubles in Japan: Facts and Future Implications" will be the topic of a special panel discussion hosted by the Monterey Institute of International Studies this Friday. The panel will take place from 12:15 to 1:50 p.m. on Friday, March 18 in the Irvine Auditorium inside the McCone Building at 499 Pierce Street in downtown Monterey.

Speakers will include: