For the final webisode of Africa Chatter for the Spring term we present to you Noel Mbise, a fulbright student from Tanzania, who has worked diligently in the IEP and MBA programs to reenter the field of resource management in Tanzania with renewed energy. His experience is unique and his voice and tone are reassuring. In the interview, we shared insights regarding the environment, travel to and from places within the continent of Africa, the community aspect of African cultures, how IEP issues are in fact everyone’s issues, and how healthy debate is fostered at the Institute. He was a magnificent person to interview and a wonderful panelist for the discussion following the African Nations Club screening of Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee bean. As special send-off, he is also graduating this Spring term, so congratulations to him!
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Welcome back Pro Bytes on MIIS Radio, and welcome to the program Nukhet Kardam, one of my favorite professors on campus! She’s fun, dynamic, interesting, friendly, inviting, and brilliantly insightful. All of these awesome qualities made for a very free-flowing interview, wherein we were able to talk about the fluidity of identity, gender mainstreaming, and conveying messages via varying mediums.
Nukhet and I first met last term when I dropped into her office to ask about contacts in my field of interest, but that was just the tip our iceberg together. I had the pleasure of taking the Communicating Social Change workshop this spring with Nukhet and two of her colleagues from Middlebury – John Elder and Andrea Olsen. By the time we had finished the two-weekend workshop I had confidently found my radio voice and had had plenty of practice with both public and recorded conversations. I could even go so far as to say that the course helped to give me a fresh start here at MIIS Radio. The interview was long and beautiful, making it difficult to cut, so enjoy the extended version.
For our first interview segment of MIIS Tales, we’ve invited Lucas Brader, a Terrorism Certificate student, to talk about his time here at MIIS, some of his favorite things to do in Monterey, and his experience traveling to Morocco earlier this year. Listen as he recaps his journey through the Moroccan streets and talks about his research projects at both the Center for Nonproliferation Studies and the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Project.
The DLC’s very own Daurie Mangan-Dimuzio created a podcast for the International TESOL Convention held in Portland this past March, and it’s awesome! From the sounds of it the convention was fascinating, like academic theater, but then again I’m easily engaged by innovative educational approaches. Basically, TESOL and foreign language professionals came together to share their struggles and insights into the field, but with flavor, and Daurie teases out the highlights from her classmates.
Impassioned by the gathering of language enthusiasts, she interviews three MIIS students who attended the conference – asking them questions about why they attended and what they learned from the experience. Escaping Monterey on a quick plane trip to Portland was amongst the highlights, but listen in to hear about the use of music and music videos to teach writing skills!
To learn more about the convention please find the link to the webpage below:
On Tuesday, April 1st I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Dayton-Johnson, Program Chair for the IPS department and IPS/MPA professor. Jeff is a MIIS gem! Well known not just in his department, but around campus as well for comfortably stopping on the street to have a chat with a colleague or to arrange coffee with a student. He worked formerly as a university professor in Canada and then at the OECD, where the bulk of his economics knowledge derives from. But it’s Jeff’s well rounded personality that made him such a pleasure to interview. His dry wit and respectful demeanor turned our fall semester Policy Analysis classroom into an engaging place to work learn and it transferred seamlessly into our podcast.
To be honest though, it’s Jeff’s hobbies and skills that make him really interesting and impressive. Jeff runs a radio station in the midnight hours out of Santa Cruz called All About Jazz and his love for music extends into much of who he is on campus. In addition to the radio show, Jeff is infamous for his podcast lecture series, wherein each segment is produced using sampled clips from his favorite musics, of which there are many, and they feature some of the most eclectic pieces you’ve ever heard, ranging from Kendrick Lamar to Dave Brubeck. Jeff’s even guest deejays for MIIS events, including the Open Mic Nights hosted in the DLC occasionally! Give the man credit for being involved in student life.
Welcome to the pilot webisode of Real World Music, brought to you by MIIS Radio out of the DLC. This segment focuses on presenting to you authentic sounds and musical compositions from places around the world, while remaining curious, respectful, and appreciative.
Sometimes clips are gathered from abroad, but the following 6 minute clip was recorded from an Arabic presentation on Monday, March 24th. Dwight Reynolds, a religious studies professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, visited MIIS and presented to a group of Arabic students, in Arabic, both a lesson in Islamic storytelling in North Africa and a musical composition on an instrument called the Rebab.
The rebab is very much like the violin or lute, but thinner, normally constructed from wood and a taught hide. Native to Yemen and the Saudi Arabian Peninsula, the instrument traveled through North Africa to Morocco during the Fatimid Caliphate of the early 10th century. Instrumentals on the rebab would usually be accompanied by a long, elaborate story called a Sirat, and the two sounds combined could entertain an audience for a few hours at a time, especially during the month of Ramadan. The rebab has since seen a revival in fusion musics around the world, but has for the most part remained out of the mainstream spotlight since the 12th century.
The recording started about a second late, but the music and composition are incredible. Professor Reynolds even pays homage to some of the founders of sirat storytelling like Beni Hilal during his performance.