Monthly Archives: September 2010

Professor Kelley Calvert on the Gulf Stream

Photo: Hope in Disenchantment

Though fewer images of the BP oil spill are showing on our televisions, there is a serious aftermath facing the communities in the Gulf Coast.  In the final weeks of summer, Professor Kelley Calvert drove across the country to see first-hand the current status of the spill and to learn more about how such spills affect us all.

Photo: Hope in Disenchantment

In an article for the Monterey County Weekly, Professor Calvert shares her experiences and describes the results of the spill, encouraging us to consider the consequences of such a spill on our own coast:

“Monterey’s Sea Otter Project reports that a single oil spill could wipe out the entire California sea otter population,” she writes in the Monterey County Weekly.

The article also features a MIIS alum, Allison Ford, who currently works at the Hammond Oiled Wildlife Center. Ford has worked at the center for nearly three months now and makes several important points regarding the spill’s environmental impacts: “The Gulf is accustomed to some amount of oil in its ecosystem, [but] this amount is unprecedented,” she says. “The dispersants are a totally foreign chemical, and we don’t know how it will impact the Gulf.”

Photo: Hope in Disenchantment

The implications of the oil spill are both local and global in nature. While it is absolutely necessary to worry about our backyard (and Bay), as international citizens, we should also concern ourselves with environmental justice aspects of the issue. The Gulf spill has had immediate impacts on areas in the south of the US, but the impacts of oil production exist globally. In Nigeria, for example, more oil is spilled annually than what was spilled after the Deepwater Horizon accident.

Photo: Hope in Disenchantment

For more information, pictures, and videos about the spill, take a look at Professor Calvert’s blog, Hope in Disenchantment.

TIJ 25th Anniversary Symposium on Translator and Interpreter Education

On June 20, 2010, the MIIS Translation and Interpretation Program in Japanese (TIJ) program held  its 25th Anniversary Symposium on Translator and Interpreter Education at the International House of Japan in Tokyo.

The 4-hour symposium began with greetings and a presentation by Professor Kayoko Takeda, entitled “The Future of Translator/Interpreter Training at Higher Education” and included the history of TIJ.  Dr. Winter then gave a short talk about how TIJ began at the Monterey Institute.

Following the presentation, an Interpreter Panel consisting of three alumni and one former visiting scholar and moderated by Takeda discussed the current interpreting markets and what they expect of interpreter education programs in the future.

The was also a Translator Panel moderated by Professor Tanya Pound, consisting of three alumni and one former visiting scholar, which similarly discussed the current translation markets and what they expect of translator education programs.

A teacher panel was also moderated by Takeda, which included four current and former MIIS faculty members, an alumnus, and a Translation and Interpretation agency rep.  They discussed the future of translator/interpreter education in response to the discussions by the previous panels.

The symposium resulted in many good discussions, including an interesting discussion of how machine translation, translation tools, and crowd sourcing may affect the practice and training of translators.

The 108 attendees were comprised of 44 alumni, 3 faculty (Takeda, Pound, and Winter), 9 prospective students, 1 staff member (Leah Gowron), and 51 guests, including former faculty members and visiting scholars, university professors, translators and interpreters, and TI agencies. One notable attended was Mr. Koichi Ishiyama (Midd 1969), a renowned author of very popular Japanese – English dictionaries.

Many of the attendees enjoyed the symposium so much that they asked when another similar event would be hosted, and some alumni started discussing the possibility of organizing a TI seminar series in Japan. After the symposium was completed, more than 50 people attended a reception at a restaurant in Roppongi.

The symposium could not have been such a success without the help of sponsors Honda Kaihatsu Kogyo and Creer and Communicators and we thank them for their support!