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Semester Beginnings

Welcome back Monterey Institute students!!! (And welcome for the first time to incoming students!)

Here’s a small dose of news for the first week of class:

The Pathfinder – a conflict resolution journal featuring student content – published its first issue last month. Edited by Dr. Pushpa Iyer and alumnus Yasasvin Wijetilleke, the journal can be found at:

The Club Activities Fair will be held next Thursday February 12th from 12:00PM to 2:00PM at the Samson Student Center! Don’t forget to bring a pen so you can sign up for clubs like the Environmental Task Force, the Peace Corps Club, Friends of the Middle East, and the Yoga Club.

Kick-off the first Happy Hour of the Spring ’09 semester this Friday February 6th from 5:00 to 7:00PM at the Samson Center. Conserve resources by bringing your own cup, and don’t forget your ID!


Institute Stories, Old & New

Back on Saturday December 6th, the African Club and Conflict Resolution Club co-sponsored an afternoon conference entitled “Recovering Mauritania,” which examined the political-economic situation of Mauritania in the aftermath of the August 6th military coup. Monterey Institute students had the pleasure of speaking via Skype with the democratically elected President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, at that time confined to house arrest in Lemden, along with his son Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, a Monterey Institute alumnus. For more current information on Maurtania from BBC News, click here.

Photos from “Recovering Mauritania:”

In other news, two Monterey Insitute students’ have participated in a film project called The Green Dragon, headed by filmmaker Caroline Harrison, about China’s emerging green movement and its ongoing environmental responses to rapid industrialization. To read more, click here.

For more coverage of J-Term Practicum experiences, check out the Cambodia students’ blog here.


The Theory and Practice of Professor Jan Black

Littlefield Publications recently released Monterey Insitute professor Jan Knippers Black´s newest book, The Politics of Human Rights Protection. Professor Black – our esteemed professor of human rights – has published numerous books, including Latin America: It´s Problems and its Promises(2005), Development in Theory and Practice(1999), and Inequity in the Global Village(1999). Professor Black is currently spending her days in Santiago, Chile with her 20 practicum students, beginning to explore the situation (the problems and promise, if you will) of the indigenous Mapuche tribe under the enlightening guidance of Judge Juan Guzman. Stay tuned for more updates about the Chile practicum experience as we engage the material andf_santiago move south!

YouTube Features: It’s Off to Work Study We Go!

Searching for YouTube videos to watch over winter break with your copious amounts of free time?

Then, mosey on over to the Monterey Institute’s YouTube Channel and its Featured Videos section. Here, you’ll find our latest video series about students’ work study positions and learn how they’re making a difference in the Monterey community! Check out Rebekah Hunt’s position at Global Majority and Alexis Martinovich’s position with The Center for the Future of the Oceans at the Monterey Bay Aquarium among others.

Hope to see you there!

When in Rome, Stream the Graduation Ceremony!

Can’t make it to Winter Commencement in Monterey this year?

Fear not! Follow the link below, and on Sunday December 14th at 1:00PM PST, you can watch the graduation ceremony in real time!  

Monterey Institute Commencement, Ustream.TV

Congratulations Winter 2008 Graduates!grad

Georgia-Russia Conflict Event!

For those of you (if any) looking forward to the second to last week of classes and/or continued opportunities for intellectual stimulation, click on the event flyer posted below!

Happy Thanksgiving, MIIS Community!

The First Annual MIIS Fall Carnival

The Monterey Institute of International Studies proudly presents the 1st Annual MIIS Fall Carnival to be held Saturday, November 22nd from 12:00PM-5:00PM at the Samson Center Courtyard. Highlights include a clothing swap in Samson Reading Room, a dunking booth (where you might find FGSIB Dean Scalberg), a community bake-off, and a Thanksgiving food drive! Read below for more details. Hope to see you there!

The 1st annual MIIS Fall Carnival is being put on to ease those stress levels back down while supporting the Food Bank of Monterey County! Please bring donations of canned goods!

Tickets will be on sale on the day of the event–$1 tickets sold in bundles of 5 and 10; 1 ticket gets you a game, a BBQ plate, a beer, and so much more!

Attractions include:
Sumo Wrestling Suits!
Wedding Booth!
Knock-Your-Head-Off Game of Strength!
Bungee Run!
Inflatable Madness!
Obstacle Course!
Cotten Candy!
Beer Garden!
Mulled Cider!
Clothing Swap!

Be Sure to Bring the Following:
Student ID
Clothing for the Swap
A Donation of a Canned or Dry Good