Four second-year Monterey Institute students studying for a master’s degree in Russian Translation and Interpretation received institutional support to travel to Kazakhstan this January for the Asian Winter Games. Immersive learning opportunities like those provided at large international events are invaluable to aspiring professional interpreters.
On January 26, the Chinese consul general in San Francisco held a national reception to celebrate what is considered China’s most significant holiday. For the first time, five Monterey Institute students were invited to attend as representatives of China’s overseas students in the United States.
Four Spanish Translation and Interpretation students are participating this January in the first-ever MIIS International Translation and Conference Interpretation Practicum, at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile. In 2009, Professor Cas Ann Shulman-Mora recognized an opportunity presented by the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Monterey Institute and the United Nations. She started working to create practical training opportunities for students. Her efforts have already started to pay off.
Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to the United States has generated wide coverage on the broader topic of U.S.-China relations in the national and international media this week, including a pair of high-profile articles quoting experts from the Monterey Institute on changing defense postures and military dynamics in East Asia.
Avner Cohen, author of two books on Israeli nuclear policy and a senior fellow at the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, was quoted in a January 15 New York Times piece that explored Israel’s possible role in delaying Iran’s progress toward developing a nuclear weapon.
When they’re not otherwise occupied teaching their Winter term course Ocean Perspective: Energy and Mineral Resources to Coastal Dynamics and Management at the Monterey Institute, you’re likely to find Pat and Tom Manley somewhere along the memorable Monterey area shoreline scouting for good geological examples to show students.
Mawuor Dior (MAIPS ’10) studied peace-building and conflict resolution while attending the Monterey Institute of International Studies. His education, along with his deep commitment to the well-being of his people, will serve him well now that he has returned home in time to participate in the birth of a new nation.
For most Monterey Institute students, the short winter term in January is a great opportunity to take what they have been learning in the classroom and either develop practical skills through intense practicum courses, or go out into the real world and take their classroom lessons to the field.
On December 27th, PBS News Hour correspondent Jeffrey Brown interviewed Dr. Anna Vassilieva, head of the Russian Studies Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The subject of their interview was the justice system, rule of law and politics in Russia, currently in the spotlight because of the latest conviction of the former oil tycoon and billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
U.S. Senate Ratification of “New START" Treaty Spurs Flurry of National Media Quotes from CNS Experts
The United States Senate voted to ratify the “New START Treaty,” a nuclear arms reduction agreement between Russia and the U.S. on December 22. On that day, Miles Pomper, senior research associate at the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) was interviewed on the popular afternoon NPR show All Things Considered.