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Dear all,

After a successful launch of the first edition of the Pathfinder, an online journal of Peace and Conflict Studies, I am happy to announce that we are getting ready for the second edition (scheduled to go online in January 2010). The Pathfinder is geared towards furthering the understanding of conflict and proposes innovative approaches to building peace by means of a multi-disciplinary approach that explores issues such as identity, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, human rights, non-violence, social change, social justice, social movements, human and environmental security, sustainable development, governance and democracy.

I encourage you to start thinking possible topics and papers (including your class papers) that might fit the broad scope of The Pathfinder. An official call for papers will go out sometime towards the end of this semester with the deadline for submissions scheduled for tbe beginning of the Fall semester.

For those who have not yet had a chance to take a look at the current edition of the Pathfinder, the URL is: thepathfinderjournal.com

Julia Steger, a third semester student of conflict resolution and migration studies will assist me as the student editor for the second edition.

Do get in touch if you have any questions,


Pushpa Iyer
Assistant Professor – Conflict Resolution Graduate School for International Policy Studies Monterey Institute for International Studies 460 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940
Contact: 831-647-7104, pushpa.iyer@miis.edu thepathfinderjournal.com



 This is just a friendly reminder that the Student Affairs Office is now accepting student Commencement Speaker nominations from members of the Graduating Class of May 2009.  The deadline for nominations is this Friday, March 13th! You must be a May 2009 graduating student to participate.  You may nominate a classmate or yourself.  When making your nomination decision, please consider a person that would best represent the entire student body of the Institute rather than a particular graduate school or degree program.

Please refer to the schedule of important deadlines below:

Continue to check the Graduating Students Conference on First Class for updates and additional information related to Commencement. We will also be sending important emails directly to your email inbox.

Commencement Speaker nominations are due in Student Affairs Friday, March 13th, at 5 pm. You can either email your nomination to:  “Student Affairs”
in First Class or stop by the Student Affairs Office and submit your nomination. All nominees who accept their nomination will present a 3-5 minute summary of their Commencement speech to fellow graduates at the Graduating Students Meeting on Thursday, March 19th, at 12:00pm in Irvine. The Graduating Students Meeting is very important because we will cover important information about Commencement day logistics, graduation announcements, required paperwork needed for clearance, diplomas and more!   The meeting begins at 12:00pm and will conclude at 2:00pm.  The speakers will present at some point during the meeting (times to be determined)……….and we will be streaming live on the web as well as videotaping this meeting!

Commencement Speaker Elections will take place in the Student Affairs Office from Thursday, March 19th at 2pm through Friday, April 3rd at 5pm. You can stop by the Student Affairs Office and cast your vote or you can do so by email to “Student Affairs” in First Class. The Student Commencement Speaker winner will be announced by email to the graduating students as well as posted on conferences for the MIIS community. Speaker will rehearse their speech with Ashley Arrocha to get timing and pacing perfected.

If you should have any questions, please contact any of us here in the Student Affairs Office.


Shawna Routh
Administrative Assistant
Student Affairs & Office of International Services

Monterey Institute Students:

Just a reminder that the following rooms in the Morse Building will be available from 6PM – 11PM Sunday through Thursday for open studying:


A200, A201, A202, A203, A204, A205



In addition, A202 will be available for open study during the lunch hour from 11AM – 2PM Monday –  Friday, to free up tables in the Samson Center for dining.  Please note that the two rows of tables in the Samson Dining Room will be reserved for diners only during these hours. 


Barbara Burke
Executive Assistant to the President

Trying to find contact information for that on-campus forum next month? What are the dates for the recruiting visit to Eastern Europe this spring? And where is next week’s Student Council meeting, anyway?

You may not know the answers to all of those questions yet, but now you can with just a few clicks of your mouse, thanks to the new MIIS master events calendar. In an effort to reduce “calendar clutter,” a campus-wide team of staff recently researched and implemented a low-cost, off-the-shelf calendar solution. The new master events calendar posted here (http://www.miis.edu/events_calendar.html) incorporates entries for:

• Prospective Students
• Student Affairs
• Career Development
• Institute Events
• Alumni Events

The Academic Calendar will continue to be maintained as a separate item on the same page.

For those with events to post, you should continue to work through the same channels you do today to get your events posted – see the full list of contact points and categories of events below — but now they will all be posted to this single master electronic calendar. (Please remember that the Venue Reservation Policy issued by the President’s Office must be followed to reserve rooms for events.)

Prospective Students
Robert Horgan and Alice Villemaire

Student Affairs (Student Council, clubs and associations, International Student Services and Student Affairs)
Ashley Arrocha and Shawna Routh

Career Development
Policy: Jen Hambleton
Business: Nina Dutra and Toni Thomas
Language Education: Jennifer Tuman
Translation and Interpretation: Jeff Wood

Institute Events (Speaker Series, President’s Forums, department and program events, conferences)
Linae Ishii-Devine and Dollie Pope

Alumni Events
Maureen Anda

Academic Events (Information and important dates, academic and special programs)
Policy: Nathan Westrup
Business: Nina Dutra and Toni Thomas
Language Education: Jennifer Tuman
Translation and Interpretation: Karen Weiss

Are you a futbol/soccer fan? If so, please check out the upcoming games for the Monterey Institute Futbol Club.

The full schedule of games can be found here.

If you have any questions, please email Rafael Burgos through First Class.

Guest speakers include doctor from Darfur refugee camp, former refugee camp resident


Monterey, CA (March 2, 2009) – The Monterey Institute will host a public symposium exploring the effects of war on children this Friday at 7:00 pm as the American Red Cross presents its Children of War Symposium in the Institute’s Irvine Auditorium.


The Children of War Symposium is a public service offered by the American Red Cross which examines the psychological and physical effects of war on children through the eyes of five renowned international speakers.  These speakers will share their firsthand experiences of living and working in war zones around the world.


Scheduled speakers include:


Michael Khambatta, International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), Deputy Head of Delegation, US & Canada. 

For more information, visit http://www.icrc.org  


Dr. Ashis Brahma, Sole doctor for Darfur refugee camp in Chad for two years

For more information, visit http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/archives/2007/2007-Sep-27/Article.news_3/1/@@index


Dorothy Sewe, Tracing specialist and former refugee camp resident

For more information, visit http://www.gvsu.edu/cms3/assets/A29DA48F-E6CD-4F35-837316459C8C6362/2008fall/GVMF08_Sewe.pdf


Dr. Marc Sommers, Associate Research Professor of Humanitarian Studies, Institute of Human Security, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; and Research Fellow, African Studies Center, Boston University.

For more information, visit http://fletcher.tufts.edu/faculty/sommers/default.shtml


Meghan Frank, Senior at Granby High School, Norfolk, VA, daughter of a US Navy Captain, and creator of Operation Pen & Pencil, collecting school supplies for Afghan teachers to use in their classrooms in Kabul. 


Over the course of two days, the Children of War Symposium will travel to several locations in the area, including the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Santa Cruz area high schools, the University of California at Santa Cruz, Stanford University, and Santa Clara University.


 What:    Monterey Institute Hosts American Red Cross Children of War Symposium


 When:   Friday, March 6, 2009, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


 Where:           Irvine Auditorium

McCone Building

499 Pierce St.

Monterey, CA 93940

Please see related PDF for more information: 030209-children-of-war-pr




 MONTEREY INSTITUTE & NPS host AWARD-winning Cyber-activist

Founder of MideastYouth.com Harnesses Internet to Promote Human Rights


Monterey, CA (Feb. 24, 2009) – The Monterey Institute of International Studies will host award-winning activist and writer Esra’a al Shafei beginning at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Institute’s Irvine Auditorium in the McCone Building at 499 Pierce St., Monterey.  The event is being co-sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School.


During her “Activism 3.0” presentation, Shafei will discuss her experiences as founder and executive director of Mideast Youth (mideastyouth.com), and how cyber-activism can help to combat human rights abuses and foster peace.  Her accolades include the Harvard University’s 2008 Berkman Award, and her live podcasts and blogs from Gaza during the recent conflict there were featured on CNN.  


This event is free and open to the public.  NOTE: Photography and videotaping will not be permitted at this event.  Audio recording is permitted.



What:  Monterey Institute Hosts Award-Winning Cyber-Activist


When:  Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, 6:15 p.m.


Where: Irvine Auditorium

            McCone Building

            499 Pierce St.

            Monterey, CA 93940


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The Monterey Institute of International Studies is at the forefront of international professional education, preparing students for global careers in the private, public, nonprofit and educational sectors.  A private graduate institution located in Monterey, California and affiliated with Middlebury College, the Institute offers degree programs in international business, translation and interpretation, international policy studies and language teaching. The Institute’s approximately 800 students come from more than 50 countries. For more information about Monterey Institute, visit www.miis.edu.


The mission of the Naval Postgraduate School is to enhance United States national security through graduate, executive and professional education programs focusing on the unique needs of military leaders, with research and advanced studies directed towards the needs of the Navy and Department of Defense. NPS students come from all United States services and the services of nearly 60 countries. For additional information, see http://www.nps.edu.


Monterey Institute Faculty and Staff:

Do you know someone on campus who’s making an effort to go green?  Then nominate him or her for a MIIS Green Award.  Nominees need not be changing the world on a huge scale–we’re looking for ordinary people who are trying to incorporate elements of sustainable living into their daily routines.  That might mean biking to school rather than driving, using the school’s composting bins, assigning electronic readings rather than printed ones, advocating native plant landscaping on campus, or any other “green” practice, large or small (you tell us!).  You may nominate as many deserving candidates as you wish.

The Environmental Task Force will select one winner each month, beginning in early March.  Winners’ profiles will be published in the Foghorn and each winner will receive a gift certificate to a local “green” business.

Nominate someone today by following the link below:


Please contact Emily at emily.sloane@miis.edu with any questions you might have.


A $1,000 Rev. William Sloane Coffin cash prize will be awarded to the MIIS
student who writes the best anti-human trafficking essay. $500 will be given
to the writer of the second-best essay.  The award is named after the late
remarkable  civil rights and peace activist Chaplain at Yale University and
the money is donated by his close friend, Professor Peter Grothe. The award is
given in memory of  a victim  of human trafficking in Cambodia, Sale Hillar,
the daughter of MIIS Professor Bill Hillar who teaches a workshop on human
trafficking. The essay should be no more than 2,000 words.

The student should state what experiential and/or academic background she/he
has had in anti-human trafficking and what she/he has learned from this. A
major part of the essay should be devoted to what  motivates the writer to go
into the anti-human trafficking field. Further, what are the most promising
strategies for putting brakes on this affront to humanity?

The deadline for the essay is 5 pm Friday, March 13th. Please submit your
essay to Dr. Grothe or put in his box in the Student Affairs building.
The judges  for the Rev. William Sloane Coffine Prize will be a panel of
faculty experts.

Thanks and good luck!


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