Students of Dr. William Potter’s popular Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty simulation course were treated to a unique opportunity this week to have an intimate discussion with Dr. Rosa Otunbayeva, the former president of the Kyrgyz Republic who led the first peaceful transition from an authoritarian to a parliamentary democracy in Central Asia.
Congratulations to Chung-kuan (John) Chen (MACI ’14) who won first prize at the 2013 Televic Chinese-English Simultaneous Interpreting Competition held at Newcastle University in England in September. This first competition of its kind featured a series of keynote speeches in a simulated conference with English and Mandarin Chinese as the working languages.
The current, rapidly evolving Syria crisis has led U.S. and international news outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, CNN, Al Jazeera and Reuters to seek comments from the world’s foremost experts in chemical weapons, threat reduction mechanisms and nonproliferation—many of them found at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and its James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). Below are some highlights of the many media appearances by MIIS and CNS experts over the last three days:
Monterey Institute alumnus Aaron Stein (MAIPS ’10) has been named one of the “2013 Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33,” an international list recognizing the most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. The list is published by Diplomatic Courier magazine and co-sponsored by Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.
Not surprisingly, one of the most popular student clubs on the Monterey Institute campus is a club dedicated to the love of languages. B.U.I.L.D., or Beyond yoUrself In Language Development, was founded by a group of students in 2009 with the idea of spreading that love of languages by offering free beginning-level classes in any language MIIS students wanted to teach. The program simultaneously offers the student instructors the opportunity to hone their teaching skills in an informal, low-pressure environment.
For three consecutive summers, Spanish Translation and Interpretation Professor Cas Shulman-Mora has taught and directed the International Conference Interpretation Practicum at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo in Santander, Spain. She is always searching for ways to combine her professional activities with training opportunities for students in the Spanish Translation and Interpretation Program.
“The rapid growth of the Institute’s MA in International Education Management program is a clear indicator of the need for talented educational leaders grounded in theory and trained in the best practices of the field,” says Professor Katherine Punteney, chair of the International Education Management program.
The Monterey Institute Student Information Fair has grown steadily in size and scope over the last few years and the 2013 edition this Friday featured over 40 different organizations, business and community groups presenting various services and opportunities to students at the Samson Student Center. The Fair gives students a convenient way to connect with different service providers as well as community groups offering opportunities for engagement at the start of the semester to help them make the most of their time in Monterey.
Signalling continuous growth and expansion of academic programs, the Monterey Institute welcomed nine new faculty members this fall. The new faculty reflect the diverse campus, arriving from near and far and bringing a range of new experience and knowledge to share with students in different programs.
Miriam Fugfugosh (MAIPS ’03) says that one of her favorite things about the Monterey Institute is the atmosphere of warmth and welcome that she felt throughout her time there—“from the first day of orientation to graduation.” She appreciated the closeness with other students, and the staff and faculty who found time to interact with the students as individuals.