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The sale starts Monday, Oct. 19th, ends Sunday, Oct. 25th.

Christie Tam
Reference Librarian/Language Specialist
William Tell Coleman Library

The last two crosscultural lunches of this academic year will be held during the next two Thursdays, Oct 8 and 17. They will be held at 12:15 at the Holland Center Courtyard. Dessert and drinks are free.
Six students are placed at each table, mixed up by nationality and academic  program. A faculty member then facilitates a cross-cultural question.  Provost Dr. Amy Sands will facilitate the question at one of the tables this
coming Thursday. Don’t miss the last two crosscultural  lunches of the year!  You can sign up at the Career Advising enter on the third floor of the McCone Building. All students are very welcome!
Professor Peter Grothe, Ph.D.
Director of International Student Programs
tel. 831-647-4129
email: pgrothe@miis.edu

The T&I Spanish Program of GSTILE is proud to present the twenty-
fourth film in its Argentine Film Series. This is a continuing, free-of-
charge event, open to all MIIS students, faculty, staff and guests. Films
are in Spanish with English subtitles. The blockbuster comedy UN
screened Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30 PM in Room B 104. The film stars
award-winning actor and producer Adrián Suar as Valeria Bertuccelli’s
husband. Valeria is the “perfect” manifestation of pessimism, bad vibes
and constant nagging and whining. Adrián is so fed up with her that he
tries to find a man who will seduce her, since he can’t bring himself to
ask for a divorce.

A BOYFRIEND FOR MY WIFE has been recognized both by film critics
and audiences alike, and has been nominated for four Silver Condor
Awards—the statuette of the Argentine Film Critics Association—for Best
Actor (Adrián Suar), Best Actress (Valeria Bertuccelli), Best Supporting
Actor (Gabriel Goity) and Best Screenplay (Pablo Solarz).

Watch the trailer (in Spanish) at

In the last 25 years, Argentine films have gained increasing recognition
throughout the world, even beating American and local blockbusters at
the box-office in countries such as Spain and France. We started our
series with the only Argentine film ever to win the Oscar® for Foreign-
Language Film—the political drama The Official Story—and followed it
with Valentin, Burnt Money, Nine Queens, Waiting for the Hearse,
Same Love Same Rain, The Holy Girl, Common Ground, Son of the
Bride, The Aura, Autumn Sun, Ashes from Paradise, Enlightened by
Fire, Camila: Love Against All Odds, Kamchatka, Live-In Maid, The
Die Is Cast, The Lighthouse, A Red Bear, The Hands, Family Law,
The Bodyguard and XXY. Future screenings will include The Signal
and Argentina’s representative to the 2009 Oscars® Leonera.

Special screenings on demand. Please contact Prof. Marcos Celesia.

** Next Screening: The Signal on November 10*

Prof. Marcos M. Celesia
Associate Professor – Spanish Department
Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education (GSTILE)
Tel: (831) 647-4178
e-mail: marcos.celesia@miis.edu

Share your view of the world!   Enter the 2010 Calendar Photo Contest!

The calendar will showcase and celebrate the experiences, diversity and cultures present at the Institute and will be available for purchase this holiday season.

Open to all members of the MIIS community
(Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni)

There are no specific scenes or categories required for this photo contest. Please consider submitting images that reveal the culture, people, scenery, traditions and/or unique aspects, capturing the essence of a place you have visited or live.

All photos must be submitted digitally on a CD or DVD, no exceptions.
(If your photo was taken with a film camera, please scan it and submit it as a digital file)

Digital photos must be at least 300 dpi (1 MB or more in size)

Color and Black and white photos will be accepted.

You can submit a maximum of three photos per person.

When you submit your photos you must include:
Your Full Name
If you are a Student, Faculty, Staff, Alumni
Email Address
Phone Number
Title of photo (for each photo)
Location (for each photo)
Caption for photo (for each photo)

You must also submit a signed release waiver for the photos. (Please pick one up at Student Affairs)

Submit your photos to Gail Lu, Coordinator of Student Services, in the Student Affairs building.  If needed, you can also send your photo CD by mail to Gail Lu, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 460 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940.

Deadline for all submissions is Friday, October 9, by 5:00 pm.  (No Exceptions)

The top 12 photographs will be used in the calendar

Photographs will be judged by the Monterey Institute Community in an online voting process during the week of 10/12/09-10/16/09. Winners will receive a free calendar.

If you have any questions, please call 831.647.3586 or email gail.lu@miis.edu.

Please Note:
The twelve photographs chosen for the calendar publication become property of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Photographs will be viewed online via a password protected website. By submitting your photograph(s) you are authorizing that they can be uploaded to a third party site for viewing and voting.
Only one photo from each photographer will be eligible to win a place in the calendar. If more than one photograph from a single photographer wins, the photograph that received the most votes will be the winning photograph for that photograph. The subsequent places will be awarded to the photographs from other photographers with the next highest vote count. Also, as a reminder, we will continue to hold the Annual International Bazaar Photo Contest in the spring.


The Monterey Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA presents:

Our New President Comes to Town!
The Obama Administration Foreign Policy
Challenges and Opportunities – A Practitioner’s Perspective –

Speaker: Ambassador Thomas J. Miller
President/CEO of the United Nations Association of the USA
Former US Ambassador to Bosnia & Herzegovina
Former US Ambassador to Greece

When: Tuesday evening, September 29 at 7:00 pm Irvine Auditorium

Admission is free … everyone is welcome. Please arrive early to assure a seat a meet-the-speaker dessert reception will follow the program

For more information about this event: www.unamontereybay.org or 831-625-9414

About our speaker: Ambassador Thomas J. Miller
In May 2009, the United Nations Association of the USA welcomed its new President/CEO, former US Ambassador Thomas J. Miller, following the retirement of former US Ambassador William H. Luers, who had led UNA-USA for ten years.

A native of the Chicago area, Tom began his career with a BA, two Masters degrees and a PhD in Political Science, all from the University of Michigan. He then entered the US Foreign Service, and had diverse postings of increasing responsibility in Thailand, Greece and at the State Department in Washington, where he focused on North Africa and the Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In 1999 he was named US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the post-conflict period, and then US Ambassador to Greece in 2001, his service there including a focus on the security concerns of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

At the end of 2004 he retired from the Foreign Service, and assumed the position of President/CEO of Plan International, a $650 million global humanitarian program based in London, which works to improve children’s lives in developing countries throughout the world. He left that  position in early 2009 and moved back to the United States, just in time to be considered for the UNA-USA Presidency. The UNA-USA Transition Committee recommended him unanimously and enthusiastically to the UNA-USA Board of Directors.

Also, please mark your calendars for our next UNA event:

Our 10th Annual International Film Festival
12 outstanding international documentary films!
Thursday, November 5, at 7:00 PM
Friday, November 6, at 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 7, at 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 8, at 2:30 PM
at the beautiful Golden State Theatre in downtown Monterey Admission: $5.00 per session, free for all students with student ID For more information, see: www.unamontereybay.org

The next two cross cultural lunches will be at 12:15 on Wednesday, Sept 23
and Thursday, Sept. 24 in the courtyard in front of the Holland Center.
Dessert and drinks are free! Everyone is welcome! There will only be three or
four more cross-cultural lunches during the next month and that will be all for
the rest of the academic year.

As you may know, we place six students to a table, mixed by by  nationality
and academic program and so it is a wonderful opportunity to meet students
from other countries and specializations. A professor at each table will
facilitate a crosscultural question, which always leads to a great discussion.

Last year, around 250 students took part in the crosscultural lunches. You can
sign up in the advising center on the third floor of McCone.
Again, everyone is welcome!

Kind regards,


Professor Peter Grothe, Ph.D.
Director of International Student Programs
tel. 831-647-4129
email: pgrothe@miis.edu

Are you interested in finding out about the 2010 Team Monterey El Salvador Development Practicum? Then come to one of our upcoming Info Sessions!

What: Team Monterey El Salvador Development Practicum- a 3 week J-term opportunity to work on on-the-ground development projects & enhance your Spanish skills

When &:   Wednesday, September 16, 2009 – 6-7pm @ MG102
 Where     Tuesday, September 22, 2009 – 12-1pm @ B104

Contact:   EquipoMonterey@gmail.com

Come to find out about the history of Team Monterey El Salvador, La Coordinadora-Asociación Mangle, the communities of the Bajo Lempa in which we work, program deliverables, project scope and strategy, and the application process and timelines moving forward. See you there!

There will be a film screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, a film by Abigail E. Disney and Gini Reticker on September 22, 2009 at MIIS in the Irvine Auditorium (499 Pierce St., Monterey). 

 Admission is free and the screening begins at 6 pm.  For more information, contact The WIP at www.thewip.net or 831.644.0116.

The last MIIS soccer game of the season is this weekend!

Time: 4pm this Sunday the 10th
Place: MPC
Opponent: NPS
What: for 5th place in the league

If you have any questions, please contact Rafael Burgos via First Class

Dear Members of the MIIS Community:

We are now just three weeks from one of the most exciting times of the year –
commencement.  This event represents the culmination of years of work and
study for hundreds of our students, and is a chance for family members and
guests to celebrate with us this momentous time in our students’ lives.

This year’s spring commencement will include all of the customary celebrations
– the garden party reception on Friday, May 15, the commencement ceremony
itself on Saturday, May 16, and the commencement reception afterwards.  In
addition, the commencement ceremony will include my formal inauguration as
president of the Institute.

The decision to join the two events offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase
the amazing work our students and faculty are doing both locally and around
the globe for a wide audience encompassing the campus community, our
Board of Trustees, and our friends and supporters.  The day before
commencement, on May 15 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, we will convene an
inaugural symposium titled “Being The Solution: Building Leadership From
Monterey To Mumbai,” which will feature sessions and stations spotlighting a
variety of student and faculty projects, accomplishments, and disciplines.  In
that way, the symposium will provide rich context for family members and
guests in particular to understand the scope and significance of our graduating
students’ achievements.  All MIIS community members – students, family
members and guests, alumni, faculty and staff — are invited to attend the

The schedule of events for May 15-16 is as follows:

Friday, May 15

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm   Inauguration Symposium
Irvine Auditorium
(Agenda: commencement-inauguration-symposium-agenda)

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm   Graduation Garden Party
Holland Center Courtyard
Saturday, May 16

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm   Commencement and Inauguration
Colton Hall Lawn

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm   Commencement Reception
Samson Student Center

I look forward to sharing with you two days of celebration of the Institute, our
important mission, and the students who are our reason for being here.

Best regards,

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