The Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) celebrated a very successful summer in 2011, welcoming 152 students to study one of six languages, a 30 percent increase from last year. This year also saw the return of the Japanese program after a six-year hiatus. “This was a great year, with wonderful students and exceptional faculty from 15 countries,” says SILP program director Alicia Brent.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies has received a $750,000 gift pledge from David Jones, a member of the MIIS Board of Governors. The gift, payable over three years, is designed specifically to support the school’s efforts to enhance its fundraising operations through the office of Institutional Advancement.
Sixteen students from junior high and high schools in areas most affected by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March have been invited by the U.S. government on an official tour to help American teenagers learn about the region and the disaster. Two MIIS alumni, Camellia Nieh (MATI ‘06) and Kayo Shiraishi (MACI ‘08) will be serving as interpreters for the Japanese students as they travel through the U.S.
The Monterey Institute of International Studies exceeded the $1 million fundraising target established last October under the terms of a challenge commitment from an anonymous donor, triggering a $500,000 matching gift from the donor. Under the terms of the “Multiply the Good” challenge, the Institute will receive $500,000 a year for a total of five years, provided it raises $1 million each year in gifts of $5,000 or more to its annual fund.
Thirty-seven Fulbright scholars from countries ranging from Madagascar to Poland and Panama to Bangladesh have arrived for a three-week intensive course at the Monterey Institute designed to prepare them for graduate studies in the United States. The focus of their studies at MIIS is on academic English, public speaking and other graduate school skills.
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.