Monthly Archives: April 2013

Cross-Strait Immersive Module a Success!

Professors Jinhuei Enya Dai and Wei Liang took a group of MIIS students to Taipei and Shanghai during MIIS’ spring break to explore the complicated relationship between mainland China and Taiwan.

The group visited government offices, businesses, and universities, as well as meeting with a group of Taiwanese veterans. They were also able to meet up with MIIS alumni at a dinner in Taipei.

The trip (which was conducted entirely in Mandarin Chinese) was a productive and informative experience for all involved.


The group at the Mandarin State Council, Taipei


MIIS Alumni Dinner, Taipei

CS3At Pecatron Design Studio, Shanghai


Seminar on “Why Russia Matters to the United States”

Dr. Dmitriattachment Trenin, the foremost expert in Russian foreign policy and US/Russian relations, will be conducting a seminar April 25, at 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm in Irvine Auditorium. He is a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment, the Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, and the Chair of its Foreign and Security Policy Program. Dr. Trenin has been with the Carnegie Moscow Center since its inception in 1993. From 1993-97, he held posts as a senior research fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome, a visiting professor at the Free University of Brussels, and a senior research fellow at the Institute of Europe in Moscow. He served in the Soviet and Russian Armed Forces from 1972 to 1993, and has experience working as a liaison officer in the External Relations Branch of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany and as a staff member of the delegation to the U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms talks in Geneva from 1985 to 1991. He also taught at the Defense University in Moscow. Dr. Trenin authored Getting Russia Right (2007, forthcoming); Russia’s Restless Frontier: The Chechnya Factor in Post-Soviet Russia (2004; with Aleksei V. Malashenko), and The End of Eurasia: Russia on the Border Between Geopolitics and Globalization, (2001). He edited, with Steven Miller, The Russian Military: Power and Policy (2006).

Whole Foods Vegetarian Tour with Professor Scorse!

12 Want to make the transition to a planet-base diet that is better for you, your family, the animals, and the imagesenvironment, but not sure how to start? Then join Professor Scorse and other MIIS students on April 16th at 4PM for a tour of Whole Foods where a range of veggie samples will await you. There will also be a store tour and plenty of time for Q&A. To begin the move to a healthier diet please email Professor Scorse at and sign up for this event! Thanks!


Minhua Liu named Co-Editor of the journal “Interpreting”

Chinese T & I Professor Minhua Liu is the new Co-Editor of Interpreting: International Journal of Research and Practice in Interpreting

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Beginning with the Spring 2013 issue published in March, Professor Minhua Liu started her tenure as the new Co-Editor of Interpreting, the field’s premier academic journal. Interpreting was established in 1996, and for the past eight years was edited by Dr. Franz Pöchhacker and Dr. Miriam Shlesinger, who passed away in 2012. Dr. Liu comes to the journal with eight years of experience as a member of the advisory board, and as a former contributor to the journal. Dr. Liu brings to Interpreting her research expertise in working memory and testing, as well as her experience working in Asia and the U.S. as a conference interpreter and as a teacher and director at Taiwan’s first T & I graduate institute.  For more information about Interpreting, click on any of the Interpreting hyperlinks or contact Professor Liu at

French Poetry Contest at MIIS

img_7345The third annual French Poetry Contest, co-sponsored by our GSTILE French Program  and the Alliance Française of the Monterey Peninsula, was held in Irvine Auditorium on March 16, 2013. Fifty-two students from the Monterey area’s middle schools, high schools and colleges participated in the two categories: original poems written by the candidates in French, and recitations of poems from French and Francophone literature.


MIIS Professor Michel Gueldry  and  Alliance Française President Madame de Sibert greeted the candidates.  Three judges: Professors Edgard Coly and  John Hedgcock and Toni O’Meara (former DLI professor and published poet) read the original poems and heard the recitations. Trophies were awarded for first, second and third prizes, as well as many honorable mention certificates. The candidates ranged from young teenagers to mature college students; they all displayed much enthusiasm in their high quality presentations and interpretations. The enthusiastic applause they received from the audience emphasized the success of the event.


MIIS Translation and Localization Professor Max Troyer also helped with the event by designing and printing the programs, as well as all the beautiful certificates that the candidates received. A few MIIS students helped the candidates throughout the course of the event as well: Leslie Hayner was a most gracious hostess, Francesca Isaia helped tabulate the judging of the original poems, and Gael Tovivo made sure each candidate was comfortable on the stage.


Arab Spring Turns into Sand Storms

Guest Lecturealaa on Arab Spring, organized by the Arabic Studies Program.

Prof. Alaa Eligibali from the University of Maryland will speak        Thursday, April 4th, from 2:15pm to 1:15pm in McGowan 100.

A little more than two years ago, parts of the Arab world experienced what later came to be known as the Arab Spring. Initial world and domestic consensus of hope and optimism are turning into ambivalence and even skepticism. As chaos claims the day, many wonder if that spring has turned into a true Arab spring of sand storms and poor visibility.  Was the imagery drawn for the Arab revolutions indeed prophetic?