Archive for Practica
Monday, September 29th, 2014
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.
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Friday, April 25th, 2014
- Application deadline EXTENDED to April 29 –
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.
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Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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
Tuesday, October 29th, 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)
Sunday, December 11th, 2011
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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Sunday, December 4th, 2011
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)
Sunday, September 25th, 2011
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).
Monday, September 19th, 2011
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!
- Complete theÂ online applicationÂ and submit all materials (listed on online application) byÂ October 1st.
- Applicants will be notified via email if they have been selected for an in-person interview. Â A portion of the interview will be conducted in Spanish.
- Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted into the program.
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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Friday, October 1st, 2010
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.
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
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
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
Chile J-term Presentation: “Incomplete Transition and Indigenous Rights: Chile’s Mapuche Nation” May 4th
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
Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
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!
Monday, April 12th, 2010
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:
- Speak, write and read Spanish at a 400 level
- Understand the mission and goals of TM 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 countries)
- Have a lucid understanding of the unpredictable nature of development work
- Be personable, dynamic, patient, flexible and adaptable to changing program and project demands
If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to EquipoMonterey@gmail.com.
Monday, April 5th, 2010
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.
Monday, February 22nd, 2010
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
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
All courses listed below are offered on campus during the January 4th â€“ 29th term.
Registration is concurrent with Spring 2010 course registration.
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Friday, November 13th, 2009
Challenges to Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone
An evening of fine food, wine, music, and conversation.
A special prix fixe menu, including wine, $40.
5pmÂ on Sunday, December 6, 2009
211 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel CA
RSVP (831) 625-303
Your contributions will support the Monterey Institute of International Studies students in their field research exploring conflict in Sierra Leone.Â MIIS students will be on hand to present their proposed research examining a society recovering from conflict and the challenges to peacebuilding in Sierra Leone.Â Upon their return from Sierra Leone, the MIIS students will look forward to sharing their experiences and findings with the Monterey Peninsula community.Â For more information, including last year’s Peacebuilding seminar based in Cambodia, please visit http://sites.miis.edu/peacebuilding.
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Friday, October 30th, 2009
The Graduate School of International Policy & Management (GSIPM) is undertaking two studies that will result in presentations in China during the J-Term:Â The Cashmere/Inner Mongolia Sustainable Fibers Project & the CSR Ranking Project.Â
The primary contacts for both projects will be Dean Yuwei Shi and Dr. Randy Kritkausky, a Middlebury Research Scholar and President of ECOLOGIA, an NGO which facilitates long-term sustainable development projects.
We expect that the results from both of these studies will be presented by the student teams in China in January 2010.Â The projects are unpaid but there may be funds to defray travel expenses to China. Directed Study credit options are available for interested students.Â Dr. Yuwei Shi, Dean of GSIPM, will be the instructor of record for any proposed Directed Study.
If you have an interest in participating in one or both of the projects detailed below, send your resume with a cover letter which indicates the project(s) of interest and the reasons for your interest to Nina Dutra, Deanâ€™s Assistant, GSIPM, no later than Friday, November 6th.Â
Once your resume has been received, you will be invited to attend a preparatory meeting with Dr. Randy Kritkausky during the week of November 9th â€“ 12th.
The above link includes an RFP for the project.Â The RFP provides a broad description of the issues.Â
For this project, we will narrow the scope to focus on an analysis and comparison of a few scenarios based on production caps and related supply chain and marketing strategies. More specifically, we will build on the substantial data already collected by Professor Kritkausky to construct a profile of the business as it would operate under each product cap.
The variables used to construct the profile may include attributes related to the raw fiber, production methods, supply chain, end-product characteristics, and the marketing characteristics derived from those attributes, such as target markets, distribution channels, promotion, pricing, etc.
Once the profiles are constructed, we will run a comparative analysis to seek optimal profitability under different outlooks about the environment, policy, and industry competition. We expect that the current practice of overproduction, overgrazing and declining quality of product will be determined to be a suboptimal strategy.
The second project is to rank Chinese companies regarding their sustainability practices.Â The concept paper is entitled, “CCRREC Concept Paper and Strategic Plan”.Â The first stage of this effort will be to study best practices in selected industries and existing rankings schemes, and then develop criteria for reviewing and ranking Chinese companies in these industries.Â
The objective will be to publish the rankings on an ongoing basis so that US companies can identify Chinese companies that employ high quality, sustainable business processes and practices.
The initial phase of the CSR project will include the following tasks:
-Literature review of the cross-cultural, cross-border and cross-industry perspectives and practices on CSR
-Comparative study of major CSR standards currently in place
-Study the China CSR cases written or collected by Ecologia and CEU, with a particular attention to strategic performance of the companies.
-Develop materials and design for a 1-2 day seminar targeting enterprise audiences in China.
ECOLOGIA (ECOlogists Linked for Organizing Grassroots Initiatives and Action) was founded in 1989 by grassroots environmental activists in order to support grassroots environmental initiatives across the Soviet Union and eastern Europe.Â In early 2000, ECOLOGIA moved its US headquarters to Middlebury, Vermont and increasingly shifted its geographic focus from the former Soviet Union and central Europe, to China.Â ECOLOGIA maintains a locally staffed affiliate office in Chengu (China) and works with a network of on-the-ground partner organizations on projects with promote long-term sustainable development in China and partner countries.