The Monterey Institute’s Irvine Auditorium was at capacity on the evening of April 20 when Nabil Fahmy, former Egyptian Ambassador the U.S. and nonresident chair of the Middle East Nonproliferation Project at the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) spoke about the wave of change sweeping across the Middle East. The event was moderated by to CNS Deputy Director Dr. Patricia Lewis.
The Student Council of the Monterey Institute of International Studies announced the winner of its first Student Project Contest at the International Bazaar on April 16. The contest was open to all students. Five student groups presented their work and proposals to the Council. The winner, Team Peru, is a group of students from various degree programs who are dedicated to shepherding sustainable development projects in the Sacred Valley of Peru, such as building greenhouses with the support of communities and local secondary schools.
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.
As an exercise in real life simultaneous interpretation, it doesn’t get much better than TEDxMonterey. “This is a marvelous opportunity for our students to be able to interpret dynamic speeches live,” says Professor Barry Slaughter Olsen, chair of the Conference Interpretation program at the Monterey Institute. The TEDxMonterey conference is a dynamic event, with 18 speakers exploring the theme of “Cultivating Innovation” in creative and thought-provoking ways.
“The key terms that come up after this invigorating conference are collaboration and distance learning,” says professor Kayoko Takeda, head of the Japanese translating and interpreting program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and one of the organizers of the Monterey Forum.
On April 15, the Monterey Institute of International Studies is hosting TEDxMonterey for the second time. This year the theme is “Cultivating Innovation,” and the impressive line-up of speakers and presenters is shaping up to be true to the TED promise of “riveting talks by remarkable people.”
To date the fundraising efforts of Monterey Institute student, staff, and faculty volunteers for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan have raised approximately $7,200, with additional activities set for this week and next week. This total does not include proceeds from the MIIS Follies, held April 1. Moreover, the volunteers have found a partner in the Miner Foundation, which has pledged to match dollar for dollar all donations raised by the MIIS community going forward.
The Middlebury College Choir performed to a full house at the Irvine Auditorium on the Monterey Institute campus on March 28. The 35-member choir is an auditioned ensemble of Middlebury undergraduates. They enjoy singing music of major styles and time periods of the choral canon, including folk music, world music, American music and new compositions.
Nabil Fahmy, former Egyptian Ambassador to the United States, will deliver a public lecture on the topic of "Middle East in Transformation: The Domestic, Regional, and International Implications" at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) on April 20.
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.