In the spirit of the season of giving thanks in the United States, members of the Monterey Institute community are sharing expressions of gratitude, beginning with a graduate of the Monterey Institute’s International Policy Studies program, alumna Maame Afon (MAIPS ‘05).
"Game On! A Discussion about Sports" was a fitting topic for the 2012 Monterey Institute of International Studies' Fall Forum, which annually offers students in the Institute's interpretation programs the opportunity to hone their craft in a professional conference setting.
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.
The Center for Conflict Studies (CCS) is the brainchild of Monterey Institute professor Dr. Pushpa Iyer, a respected scholar and practitioner in the field of conflict studies. The Center focuses on the study and application of the right tools for managing conflicts, approaching them as a vehicle of change. CCS was started with the specific goal to develop programs and publications that would contribute to the theory and practice of the field of conflict studies.
As a park ecologist in the Kitulo National Park in Southwestern Tanzania, Noel Mbise (MAIEP ’14) has experienced firsthand our need for more than good policies to protect the environment. “You can’t just tell people ‘No!’ and ‘Don’t do this!’ without telling them what to do instead,” he says, and adds that people naturally tend to care more about the here and now than tomorrow.
Recent Monterey Institute graduate Julian Zhu (MACI ’12) could be considered a prime example of how social media is changing the landscape of the job search and recruiting processes for students and employers—not to mention the importance for students of building relationships with faculty members. Julian is currently working as a Terminology and Reference Intern with the International Criminal Court, Interpretation and Translation section in the Hague, the Netherlands.
Every day at the Monterey Institute is a celebration of international education, but once a year the campus opens its doors to spread the joy of learning about other cultures and languages to local high school students. “Our visit last year was the highlight of the school year,” says MIIS alumna and teacher Jennifer Carter (MATESOL ’97) who is now bringing her second group of English as a Second Language learners from North Salinas High School. “I am so proud of my students,” she adds, “and they seem to be having an unforgettable experience this year too.”
For many Monterey Institute students, the short winter term in January is a great opportunity to gain real-world experience and a deeper understanding of a particular subject, and/or to enhance their language skills. The courses and immersive learning opportunities offered for the 2013 winter (or “J-term”) are a wonderful reflection of the vibrant academic environment created by the unique Monterey Institute community.
Monterey Institute students flocked to a wide range of workshops and discussions offered across campus all day on Career Focus Day. They took advantage of opportunities to explore their strengths, learn about different career paths, improve presentation skills, get tips on alumni networking and starting they own business, learn about incorporating social media into job searches, and stretchwork in sessions throughout the day.
“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you—for Paris is a moveable feast.” If a single sentence could capture Pablo Chang-Castillo’s (MAT ’01/MACI ’02) life, Ernest Hemingway would be its author.