A first generation Peace Corps volunteer in Chile, Monterey Institute professor Jan Knippers Black was propelled early on into human rights work by the danger of disappearance and torture confronting so many of her friends in Latin America. She would go on to pursue human rights in her academic research, including her first single-authored book United States Penetration of Brazil (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1977) now out in Portuguese translation.
Feasting on Russian blinis and borscht (traditional beet soup), taking a tasting tour of a Mexican supermarket, singing karoake in Chinese, visiting a Japanese cultural fair in Santa Cruz and practicing the Jordanian folk dance Dabke are among the many cultural activities offered to students in the Monterey Institute Summer Intensive Language Programs (SILP).
Continuing the long tradition of Monterey Institute faculty, students and staff providing various language services to the people of Monterey County, professor Esther M. Navarro created the audio Spanish translation of a new exhibition at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. Her contribution and that of the Monterey Institute of International Studies is recognized with a sign at the entrance to the exhibition.
Sabina Khan (IPS’10) graduated with a master’s degree in International Policy Studies and a focus on conflict resolution in December of 2010. A mere four months later she had published her first op-ed article “Reforms in Fata,” for the Express Tribune, a New York Times, International Herald Tribune affiliated newspaper in Pakistan.
Monterey Institute professor Pushpa Iyer has announced the formal opening of the Centre for Conflict Studies (CCS), a nonprofit organization with the mission to promote deeper understanding of conflict and peace. CCS provides a forum for research projects, working papers and fellowships as well as a platform for networking between scholars and practitioners from the field of conflict studies.
A June 29, 2011 Associated Press story “White House unveils retooled plan to hunt Al-Qaeda” by Kimberly Dozier about the new U.S. national counter-terrorism strategy quotes Retired Brigadier General Russ Howard, alumnus and adjunct professor at the Monterey Insitute. The story was widely published in the national media, for example by CBS News, NPR and USA Today.
Immersive learning is a signature element of the Monterey Institute’s distinctive approach to graduate professional education. Students build on the foundation of theory and classroom learning by tacking real-life issues as part of their coursework through a variety of immersive learning opportunites offered, from internships to targeted development projects with academic supervision.
For more than fifty years the Monterey Institute has offered summer intensive language instruction ranging from elementary to advanced level. This summer around 150 students are enrolled in the MIIS Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) studying six different languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish in an intensive eight-week program. The program pushes students to strongly improve their language skills over the summer digesting three semesters worth of material with their full-time language focus.
Tatiana Ivanova (MATI ’11) graduated in May from the very demanding Translation and Interpretation degree program at the Monterey Institute. As if that was not enough of a challenge, she somehow found time in between classes and assignments to work on a translation of the 1989 award-winning novel Holes by Louis Sachar into Russian.
Stephen Garrett joined the Monterey Institute of International Studies faculty in 1974, specializing in teaching courses on U.S. foreign policy, ethics and international affairs, and the intelligence community. It was with great sadness that the MIIS community received news of his passing on Saturday, June 11, after a brave struggle over the past few months following a recent surgery.