Friday, April 3rd, 2015
News from the participants and professors was posted on the miis.edu front page.
News from the participants and professors was posted on the miis.edu front page.
The application deadline to the J-Term trip to Cuba (January 6 – 17, 2015) has been extended until November 30. So it is not too late to register for this unique opportunity to get immersed in a country that has essentially been off-limits to most Americans for more than half a century.
To learn more about this opportunity – including testimonies from previous students – and to apply click here
Why is Cuba such a contradiction? Because Cuba is characterized by everything I was told the world should not be! Socialist not democratic, communist not capitalist, systemic human rights violations, a dictatorship, inefficient, unproductive; should I continue? I was able to get a sense of this notorious island during a seven day immersive learning excursion with twenty-seven other MIIS students and the renowned Professor Jan Black.
There was a time when I imagined Cuba as a socialist utopia. I had thought Cuba was going to be the national anthropomorphization of Eugene V. Debs famous quote that is “opposing a social order where it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives to secure barely enough for a wretched existence. But, there is no substitute for actually visiting the country – after seven days in Cuba, I’ve realized that the little island nation, and the United States, are a lot more complex than I was led to believe in the comfort of my Midwest upbringing.
As an American, I grew up on the smell of apple pie; lightly toasted crust, crisscrossed across the top, somehow evoking feelings of liberty, justice…righteous stuff. You see, Cuba, at least for United States citizens, is one gigantic contradiction and trying to digest and make sense of the country through the nationalistic viewpoint from which my mind has been programmed to think, whether I like it or not, is no easy task. Close your eyes and think about apple pie. Now, envision biting into pineapple sorbet. So, I apologize now if, and that is a big if, you get to the end of this blog and you walk away more confused than you started. That’s fine though. Cuba could be the poster child for the phrase; the more you know the less you think you know.
Our professor and guide Dr. Jan Black told us to experience Cuba using our five senses. I would like to take the liberty of taking you, my reader, along for the ride with the idea of trying to engage your five senses. Unfortunately, I am less likely to engage your sense of smell. But, here we go:
We met with all different types of people, from Cuban foreign ministers to a diplomat from the U.S. Interest Section. We also met with individual Cubans, both pro-government and oppositionist. We met with U.S. expats working with the Cuban health system and Cuban students studying international relations. What was so trying after listening to all of them was that you could easily pick each one up and place them into two buckets, Cuban Nationals (CN) or U.S. Nationals (USN). Whether we were speaking to Cuban oppositionists or expat sympathizers of the Cuban government their rhetoric fit, nicely, within these two buckets. Their world-views and indeed those of us students had been systematically crafted by the nations from which they grew up and regardless of their support for either side or not they continued to use rhetoric that perpetuated the conflict between the United States and Cuba. What was most contradictory of all was that these two worldviews of the same conflict were like hearing two completely different stories for two completely different historical events told perpetually for generations upon generations without change.
How are these national worldviews constructed within a citizenry? It is often much more subtle than one would assume. Irrespective of whether we understand nationalism as a positive or negative force, it is generally acknowledged that nationalism places the nation on the highest pedestal and viewed as the supreme agency of meaning, collective identity, and moral justification. Critically noting that one of the powerful ways in which nationalism becomes historically instated is through its presumption that the nation is sacred, likening it to be equivalent to the church. Interestingly, if nationalism is being valued as sacred within the population we can see its physical manifestation in the ritualized images of national leaders and national public ceremonies that are underscored by the nations presumed history of greatness. Harry Anastasiou, a professor of Conflict Resolution at Portland State University and world-renowned leader in the settlement process in Cyprus, goes as far to claim nationalism can be a justification for divine election.
Team El Salvador (TES) is seeking three student leaders to lead the Team El Salvador 9 Practicum during its 2014-2015 program year.
Do you want to gain skills in leadership? International Development? Environmental policy and natural resource management? Survey creation? Improving your Spanish proficiency and communication?
Team El Salvador provides a unique, professional opportunity for MIIS students to develop and apply practical skills and enhance language proficiency and multicultural competency in a dynamic international setting.
Team leaders will cultivate a variety of professional skills while gaining real world experience. The ideal candidate has a passion for international development, strong leadership skills, and a willingness to facilitate and manage a variety of program elements, including communication and outreach, program development, fundraising, updating and developing website content and social media sites, event scheduling and management, meeting planning and travel logistics and community engagement.
Ideal Candidates will:
• Speak, write and read Spanish at a 400 level
• Understand the mission and goals of Team El Salvador and
El Salvadoran history and culture
• Have strong communication and organizational skills
• Have experience living and working in rural communities of Latin America (or other developing
• Have a lucid understanding of the unpredictable nature of development work
• Be personable, dynamic, patient, flexible and adaptable to changing program and project
• Have experience with fundraising
• Develop and deliver compelling presentations to MIIS faculty, prospective team members, etc.
Executive management and staff
An introduction to the 2014 spring break opportunity in Cuba by Professor Jan Knippers Black
Cuba has always found itself, or placed itself, in the most unusual circumstances. It was among the last of the Western Hemisphere countries to win independence (or at least nominal independence) from the Spanish. It was in part because such independence was largely nominal, hegemony having been passed to the United States that Cuba in 1959 began to experience one of the most thorough-going revolutions the world had seen. And Cuba has held onto its revolutionary profile long after most other governments so assembled have abandoned revolutionary rhetoric as well as revolutionary inclusiveness.
As a consequence of that extraordinary history, Cuba has much to teach about the costs and benefits of revolution and also the costs and benefits of integrating belatedly a now globalized economy. Having been stripped time and again of capital and of markets, Cuba also has much to teach about self-help – about what communities can do for themselves when they have no other recourse. And the nature of therelationship between Cuba and the United States – the relentless continuity despite dramatic change in the world around them – gives away the predominance in both countries of domestic interests and domestic politics in the design and execution of foreign policy.
This narrative will be explored further with an on-site course this spring that will offered to students from all MIIS schools and programs and from Middlebury College. The onsite portion of the course will take place over spring break: March 15 – 23 and will include visits to various Cuban ministries, including those of foreign affairs and tourism, offices of the United Nations Development Program and other IGOs and NGOs, and sites of historic events, including the Bay of Pigs and the Museum of the Revolution.
Course dates: March 15-23, 2014
Application deadline: December 10, 2013
What: Professional certificate training in international development project planning, facilitation, and partnership
Where: Monterey, California or Kigali, Rwanda!
When: Monterey (January 6-24, 2014) or Rwanda (January 14-23)
Who: Aspiring international development and social change practitioners interested in developing a practical skill-set and meeting others interested in this field. Interested graduate students, career-changers, and outstanding undergraduates encouraged to apply.
Program Fees: $1,500 for Monterey or $900 for Rwanda training for MIIS students; $2,500 for non-MIIS students for either program (some scholarships available)
Given events around the world over the last year, the Monterey Institute, in collaboration with Middlebury College has reevaluated the ways in which we support Institute students during the periods of time they are abroad.Â Â Because our students engage the world in a wide variety of ways, it is important that we manage the risks that students take when going abroad.Â To this end, in those instances when students are participating in an activity that is sponsored or supported by the Institute in any way, we are introducing new protocols designed to better manage the inherent risks of traveling abroad.
Beginning with the fall 2011 semester, we will initiate a new Institute policy requiring all students traveling abroad on any Institute-sponsored activity to register their plans and all contact information with the Institute prior to departure. We need this information in the event of any natural or man-made emergencies.Â
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With 2012 upon us, the Graduate School of International Policy and Management would like to honor theÂ service of Frontier Market Scouts and Development Project Management Institute professional immersive learning participants.
Miho Yoshimura – Foundation for Older Persons Development, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Monique Ouffoue – INT, World Bank Group, Washington, DC and The Phillipines
Paul Bonwich – Peace Corps, Macedonia
Grant Ennis – Youth Iniatives Kenya (YIKES), Nairobi, Kenya
Kathleen Gordon – All Hands Volunteers, Belval Plaza, Rue Belval, Haiti
Tanilee Eichelberger – Centro Ecologico Akumal, Mexico
Rebecca Marcus – Futures and Options, New York, New York
Emily Patrick – Root Change and Legal Action Services, Windhoek, Namibia
Grace Andrews (MPA ’12)
San Paolo, Brazil
Megan Christenson (MBA ’12)
Sean Brownlee (MBA ’12)
Nahdet El Mahrousa
Huston Hedinger (MAIPS ’12)
This January the Monterey Institute will offer practica in Chile, Egypt, Nepal, and El Salvador as well as two intensive on-campus training programs (FMS and DPMI).
We are now accepting applicants for Team El Salvador 6! Â OurÂ online applicationÂ is up and running. Â We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Team El Salvador is a three-week practicum that provides professional, international opportunities for MIIS students to enhance development expertise, language skills, and multicultural competency through a partnership with La Coordinadora, a community-based organization in the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador.
Through ongoing projects, we offer invaluable practical experience for burgeoning development professionals and linguists, while benefiting Salvadoran communities.
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Assistant Dean Toni Thomas and Profs. Jan Black, William Arrocha, and Harvey Arbelaez will lead a MIIS study tour entitled “Southern Exposure” this January 2011 for 17-18 days. The group will travel to the Southern Cone of South America (Chile, Argentina, and Brazil). Â
A studentÂ information session is tenatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 26 from 12-1pm in MG 102. Please check the GSIPM blog and Institute Events Calendar for the most up-to-date information.
The Conservation Leadership Practicum (CLP) is an innovative two week certificate course focused on delivering the necessary skills for current and future environmental leaders. Students in the program may be eligible for up to 6 units of credit from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
The programâ€™s two weeks are divided into ten key skill areas taught by Monterey Institute professor Jeffrey Langholz and leading local and global conservation practitioners. CLP trainers are qualified professionals in the field from such organizations as Foundations of Success, Pact, Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Big Sur Land Trust.
Cost: $1,800 for non-Monterey Institute participants, with a deposit of $500 due December 1st. $200 for Monterey Institute students, added to spring semester tuition.
When: January 10 through January 21, 2010
Where: Monterey Institute of International Studies
Application deadline: October 31, 2010
For more information, visit: http://www.miis.edu/academics/programs/conservationleadership
Who: All Students
What: Chile J-term Presentation
When: Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 6:15 PM (Please note the date change)
Where: Irvine Auditorium, Reception to Follow
MIIS Professor Jan Black’s 2010 Chile J-term class, in collaboration with Judge Juan Guzman’s Center for Human Rights Studies and Global Majority invite you to: “Incomplete Transition and Indigenous Rights: Chile’s Mapuche Nation.” Through videos and individual and team presentations, students will recount their experiences and findings about the challenges to and defense of Mapuche land and cultural integrity gleaned from interviews, lectures, field trips, and home stays in Mapuche communities.
For more information on this onsite course, please go to: http://sites.miis.edu/chilejterm
Who: All Students
What: Team Monterey 4 Spanish Presentations
When: Thursday, April 22nd, 12 PM -2 PM
Where: Irvine Auditorium
Team Monterey 4 will be presenting in Spanish on Thursday, April 22nd regarding their different development projects realized during their time in El Salvador during January 2010.Â Each team member will give a synopsis of his/her project and the different aspects of the project.Â The presentations will be interpreted by a Translation & Interpretation team into English.
Come learn about the El Salvador J-term Development Practicum!
Team Monterey El Salvador 2010 is accepting applications from individuals interested in a leadership position for the January 2011 Practicum.Â Team Monterey leaders are responsible for program development, fundraising and marketing, communication and outreach, updating and developing website content and social media sites, logistics, recruitment and community engagement, etc.Â The deadline to apply is Friday, April 16th.
Ideal Candidates will:
If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to EquipoMonterey@gmail.com.
Who: All Students
What: “Lost in the Mist of War” – Sierra Leone Field Notes and Reflections
When: Tuesday, April 6th, 6:15 PM
Where: Irvine Auditorium with reception to follow in the McCone Atrium
This past January, Professor Iyer led 14 students from MIIS and Middlebury to Sierra Leone on a field research practicum.Â The team spent two weeks studying the challenges this war-torn country faces in building peace.Â Dr. Iyer and the practicum team will present their experiences and research findings.
For further inquiries, please contact Dr. Pushpa Iyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (831) 647-7104.
Who: Team Monterey in El Salvador
What: A Photographic Exhibition
When: Friday, February 26, 2010, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Pacific Grove Arts Center, 568 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA
Team Monterey El Salvador would like to cordially invite all friends, family, faculty, colleagues, and the entire MIIS community toÂ join us for the opening reception of Team Monterey in El Salvador: a Photographic Exhibition.Â Â The exhibit, kicking off on the eveningÂ of February 26th, will display photographs taken by the participants of the Team Monterey J-term Development Practicum in El Salvador. Â The images will chronicle three weeks of Team Monterey’s development projects and the communities & people of the Bajo Lempa region.
Entrance is free and open to the public. There will also be complimentary snacks and live music.Â For more information, please contact email@example.com or visit the related blog atÂ http://sites.miis.edu/equipomonterey