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MIIS French Professor Michel Gueldry keeping busy

MIIS Professor Michel  Gueldry has had, and continues to have, a very busy semester. As a French language studies professor at MIIS, Gueldry specializes in international relations and sustainability studies. Just this year, Gueldry has completed and submitted three articles for publication: a new research paper entitled “Energy and Climate Change: The Emergence of an Overarching Security Nexus,” an essay entitled “Personal Transformation and Worldly Engagement: When Mindfulness Meets the Market,” and a paper entitled “Ecological Economics: An Alternative Grand Narrative for Capitalism and a Blueprint for a Sustainable Economy.”

Besides submitting three papers for publication, Gueldry will participate in Peter Fordos‘ student weekend workshop, “Intercultural Competence for Sustainability,” on March 29. His contribution to this workshop is a segment called “How to Communicate Climate Change for Diverse Audiences: Engaging Stakeholders across Professional Cultures.” On April 8, Gueldry will also co-teach a workshop for students with CACS Advisor Edy Rhodes. The workshop is called “Emotional Intelligence: The Tip of the Iceberg.”

Gueldry’s busy schedule will continue into the summer. He will teach three panels at the University of Leipzig, Germany, in July 2014: one on energy policy, one on narratives of capitalism, and one on personal transformation and professional growth.

Congratulations to Professor Gueldry on all of his accomplishments!

TESOL Alumna Writes Memorial Piece for Dr. Leo van Lier

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Caroline Fuchs, an alumna of the MIIS MATESOL program, recently published a memorial piece for the late Dr. Leo van Lier. According to Caroline, “words can’t do justice to the wisdom that Leo encompassed for those who were fortunate enough to have known him. This is my humble attempt at expressing my thoughts.”

If you would like to read the piece in its entirety, you can download it here.

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?

Team El Salvador Accepting Applications

team el salvadorTeam El Salvador (TES) is seeking students to lead the Team El Salvador Practicum during its 2013-2014 program year.

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.

TES leadership is open to all MIIS students, from all departments and fields of study!  Please send resume and cover letter to teamelsalvadormiis@gmail.com by Friday, March, 8th and visit our Team El Salvador blog.

2013 Career Fair

Career fair 2012_ladies shaking handsJoin the annual Monterey Institute Career Fair where you can network with over 100 employer representatives, learn about job and internship opportunities, and ask your questions regarding desired skills and knowledge areas for a career in your desired field. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your expertise and skills, network with professionals, present your “elevator pitch” and polished resume, and explore job opportunities!

Chinese Program Founding Faculty Member Tianmin Yu Passes Away

Professor Tianmin Yu, retired faculty member from the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education, passed away in Beijing on February 12, 2013, at the age of 91.  Prof. Yu joined the Monterey Institute in 1987 as the founding faculty member of the Chinese program of the then Department of Translation and Interpretation. Prior to coming to Monterey, Prof. Yu had taught at the United Nations Translators and Interpreters Program (now the Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation) of the Beijing Foreign Studies University. A dedicated and effective teacher, Prof. Yu was much respected and loved by his students and colleagues. He will be remembered.

In Loving Memory of Professor Emerita Lydia Hunt

lydia_Hunt“When people mention Lydia and me at the same time, one thing [that] stands out  is the dinner we had on Monday evenings for so many years…

Even though I’ve lived in this country for many years, I still, naturally, prefer Chinese food.  Lydia knew my preference, so she always suggested that we go to a Chinese restaurant, and for quite a few years, our Monday dinner restaurant was the Great Wall – almost exclusively. Several times I suggested that we eat in a restaurant of a Western style, but she would always reply that SHE preferred Chinese food. However, I knew that she was only accommodating me.

We talked about a wide range of topics, including culture, politics, language, literature and, of course – translation. Lydia liked to emphasize the importance of language and literature and said several times that even though our students are not going to work in the area of literature, some amount of literary training is still necessary. She liked to unpack condensed language in difficult texts and I am so grateful that I have benefited so much from those language talks.

Once, when we were stepping out of the restaurant, we looked up to see a bright full moon in the deep blue sky. ‘The Postmodern Moon’, I exclaimed. Lydia was so happy to see the moon and agreed with my description of the moon. Yet later, neither of us had any idea how I could link this moon with postmodernism. There must be some reason, perhaps over the dinner, our topic was postmodernism, or perhaps we talked about some postmodern guys and mentioned deconstruction. There is no way for us to recover that memory. But that is not important. The important thing is that since that night, whenever we saw a bright moon together, we would say to each other “The ‘Postmodern Moon’. Lydia, if by any chance, you now know that ‘something’ that linked that bright moon to postmodernism, I would like one last chance to discuss it.
Thank you, Lydia.”

~ Excepts from a memorial speech given by T&I Professor Zinan Ye

Professor Ye’s Latest Publications

Professor Ye has two books coming out this year.  First is the Third Edition of his Advanced Course zinan_yein English-Chinese Translation.  This book was originally published 11 years ago by Tsinghua University and Bookman Publishing Company, and has been used as a textbook by Chinese T&I programs around the world.  Secondly, Professor Ye’s new book, A Course in Cognitive Metaphor and Translation will be published simultaneously by Bookman and Peking University.  In this book, Professor Ye applies his knowledge of cognitive metaphors to the practice of translation in an effort to link theory with practice.

MIIS Professors on the Move!

MIIS Professor Bill Weber (T&I), instructor of Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpretation into French and German, has been having a very busy year.

In March, he interpreted at the G-20 Nuclear Summit in Seoul, and, in May, he interpreted at the G-8 summit in Camp David. From July to September, he was in London acting as Chief Interpreter of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Professor Weber has interpreted at 14 Olympiads, and this year’s games marked his eighth time serving as Chief Interpreter. Continue reading