Archive for Conferences

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Call for Papers: South Asia by the Bay Graduate Student Conference at Stanford University on May 9-11, 2012

As South Asia experiences rapid and unprecedented transformation, both scholarly and public interest in the region has grown dramatically in recent years. A large new generation of graduate students working on South Asia in the humanities and social sciences is in the process of rethinking approaches to the study of South Asian culture, society, politics, economics, law, history, literature, and the arts.

South Asia by the Bay is a brand new initiative based in the San Francisco Bay Area. It aims to establish an annual forum where graduate students from across disciplines and institutions in North America, who work on South Asia, can meet to discuss their work with each other, and with South Asia affiliated faculty from the organizing institutions (Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz).

In addition to thematic panels, the conference will feature four keynote lectures by senior South Asia scholars, an interactive session with faculty on the international job market in South Asian studies, film screenings, art exhibitions, and social events for conference participants.

Students who are interested in participating in the conference should submit a one-page (300 word) proposal and one page CV to Bernadette White ( by March 10, 2012.

Deadlines: For panels: Feb 15, 2012
Individual abstracts: March 9, 2012
Final papers: April 20, 2012

We will be updating with more information, please see

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Korea-America Student Conference

The March 1st deadline is almost here! The Korea-America Student Conference <> (KASC) and Japan-America Student Conference <> (JASC) are recruiting bright and adventurous college (and grad) students for summer 2012. JASC is the oldest student-run exchange between the U.S. and Japan, founded in 1934. KASC launched in 2008, answering the call for closer ties between students in the U.S. and Korea.

In themselves, the Conferences are an unforgettable experience. Each lasts nearly a month (KASC: July 2-29; JASC: July 25-August 19), involving students from the U.S. and partner country. This year, the Conferences take place in the States. Universities across the nation will host students as they travel to four diverse sites. All selected applicants become delegates, who research roundtable topics and meet with experts in their respective fields. Each Conference boasts 5-8 roundtables, ranging from politics to the arts. These KASC <>  and JASC <>  pages share greater detail of sites and roundtables.

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The Social Enterprise Conference: Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

As part of the 2012 Social Enterprise Conference presented by students of Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, there will be a special panel on Human Trafficking & Supply Chains

February 25th and 26th, 2012

With Panelists:

Siddharth Kara, Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Christopher Davis, International Campaigns Director, The Body Shop

Nina Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Good Weave

While human trafficking has received considerable media attention in the past few years, it is often portrayed from the viewpoint of activists, policy makers, or humanitarian organizations. This panel will focus on how to tackle the complicated issue of human trafficking and forced labor from the business side. Panelists will discuss the economics of human trafficking in terms of effective strategies from a business lens to combat this egregious human rights abuse. The panelists will also examine human trafficking from a global supply chain certification and management perspective. Specifically, this panel will analyze the role certification has played to end child labor in the carpet industry.

REGISTRATION AND FEE ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND. For more information and to register, please visit


Thursday, December 1st, 2011

TEDxYouth@Monterey engages the next generation of innovators

Congratulations to the TEDxYouth@Monterey team for a fabulous day of inspiring ideas from and for young Monterey County residents.  Bob Cole and a number of MIIS volunteers played a huge role, with community partners  Stevenson School and Carmel Authors and Ideas Festival, in pulling of an epic WIN on November 19.  See TEDxYouth@Monterey website for more information and lots of great photos. (And watch Youtube for some amazing TED talks.)

Next up:

We’re on for 2012! TEDxMonterey “Sea Change” at the Monterey Institute’s Irvine Auditorium on April 13th!

Friday, November 4th, 2011

New Storytelling Project Needs Your Ideas, Stories

As an important member of the MIIS community, we would like to invite YOU (students, faculty and staff) to join us for pizza and to be a part of a think tank for an exciting new upcoming campus wide storytelling project:

What is this new project?
It is a community wide storytelling initiative that focuses on how a culture or country has helped shape the identity of the individuals in the MIIS community (students, staff, faculty, alumni).  Using radio, video, text and photography, the goal is to create a multi-media online database that will help tell the unique cultural story of MIIS.  The hope is to turn this initiative into a MIIS tradition that will be passed on from year to year.

What will the think tank entail?  
Information sharing: an overview of the project
Idea generation: help us name the project
Focus Group: discussion of motives for student and faculty involvement

When is the think tank?
4:30-5:30pm, Tuesday, November 8. (please feel free to stop by anytime, even if you can only make it to part of the session).

Where will it be?
DLC (the Commons)

PIZZA will be served!

If you are interested in this project and cannot make it to the think tank, please do not hesitate to contact project organiers Karla Micheli and Nan Liu for any questions or suggestions!  (,

Thank you and hope to see you on Tuesday.

Friday, November 4th, 2011


Universidad Abat Oliba CEU

Barcelona, Spain

25-28 June 2012


This conference will address interdisciplinary practices across the social sciences, and between the social sciences and the natural sciences, applied sciences and the professions. It will work in a multidisciplinary way, across diverse fields and taking varied perspectives in order to address the fundamentals of the social sciences.

This year’s Social Sciences Conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain at Universidad Abat Oliba CEU. Barcelona is home to buildings that date as far back as the Roman settlement as well as the World Heritage Site works of architect Antoni Gaudi, including the famous Sagrada Familia Church. Other notable sites include The National Museum of Art of Catalonia, Barcelona Zoo, and the Barceloneta Beach.

The conference will include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the conference call-for-papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication, as well as access to the Journal.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this conference, we also encourage you to present on the conference YouTube Channel. Please select the Online Sessions link on the conference website for further details. We also invite you to join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr at .

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 22 November 2011. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found at the conference website – .

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Eleven MIIS Students Attend 2011 Net Impact Conference in Portland; Frontier Market Scouts Receive Mention At Social Venture Capital Session

Eleven Monterey Institute students from the Graduate School of International Policy and Management attended the 2011 Net Impact Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon this past weekend. Two international undergraduate students from Middlebury also attended the 2,000+ person event spotlighting the unexpected places people find where good works.

Keynote speakers included Laord Michael Hastings, Head of Citizenship and Diversity at KPMG, Sally Jewell, President and CEO of REI, and Hannah Jones, VP of Sustainable Business and Innovation at Nike. The Monterey Institute’s Frontier Market Scouts program was featured at the Conference Expo,  also received several mentions during the panel, “Where Venture Meets Values: Venture Capital for Social Impact”. Merrill Csuri (MA IPS Conflict Resolution, ’09) also participated in the Conference Expo to further awareness of the United Nations-supported initiative, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

 Conference attendees explored the following issues:

•Where creative problem solving and playful approaches can lead to serious solutions
•Where sustainable innovations were championed by those you least expect
•Where unlikely partnerships accelerate change
Join Net Impact as we bring our 19th annual conference to Portland, Oregon and discuss changing the world through business with 2,600 of our members and community friends.

The Net Impact conference attracts MBAs, undergraduates, and professionals from a variety of fields, including consultants, CSR practitioners, nonprofit leaders, and sustainability specialists. The Net Impact Conference is the world’s largest and most inspirational event for students and professionals using their business skills to create social and environmental good. We hope you’ll join us this fall.


Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Bidders’ Conference for Potential Grant Applicants Hosted by U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons


Monday, October 17, 2011

2:00 – 3:30 PM EST


Bidders’ Conference for Potential Grant Applicants


Hosted by

U.S. Department of State

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP) is hosting a “Bidders’ Conference” to provide information and answer questions about the FY 2012 request for proposals. Organizations interested in applying for G/TIP funding are encouraged to attend. For those who cannot attend, the information presented will be posted on the G/TIP website,, the following day.


George C. Marshall Conference Center

U.S. Department of State

Washington, District of Columbia

Enter on 21st Street NW, between C Street and Virginia Avenue, NW


RSVP by Noon on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

To Marissa Brescia or 202-312-9837

To register for the Conference: If you are not employed by the State Department, for security purposes please RSVP by providing your full name, date of birth, the name of the organization you represent, and a government issued ID number, such as a driver’s license or passport number. Also, a government issued photo ID (driver’s license or passport) is required for admittance. Due to the security requirements, guests are asked to arrive at the 21st Street entrance of the State Department (between C Street and Virginia Avenue, NW) no later than 1: 40 p.m.

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Call for Papers for the 70th Annual MPSA Political Science Conference, April 12 – 15, 2012, in Downtown Chicago

Call for Papers for the 70th Annual MPSA Political Science Conference, April 12 – 15, 2012, in Downtown Chicago
Proposal Submission Deadline: October 7. Submit a Proposal

* More political science research papers are presented here than any conference – a thousand panels in all sub-fields.
* Networking – Opening Reception on Wednesday; Reception in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday; President’s Reception on Saturday.
* Everything happens in the newly restored Palmer House Hilton in Downtown Chicago.
* Large Exhibit Hall to view new textbooks & discuss manuscripts; Job Placement service for any interested attendees.

Founded in 1939, the MPSA is located in Bloomington, Indiana (101 W Kirkwood Ave, Suite 207). Visit our website

Monday, September 26th, 2011

“Conference Environmental Diplomacy and Security in International Relations” on Peace and Collaborative Development Network

Building Bridges, Networks and Expertise Across Sectors
From October 21-23, IEDS will host its inaugural conference, “Environmental Diplomacy and Security in International Relations”. This conference will focus on international conflicts over energy and environmental issues, where diplomacy cannot succeed without scientific knowledge. The conference will be structured around five symposia that will be used to highlight this theme:
  1. Polar Diplomacy: Energy, the Environment, and International Security
  2. Social Ecology of Borders: Environmental Regionalism and Globalization
  3. Beyond African “Exceptionalism”: Ecological Approaches to Improving the African Union
  4. Bridging Eurasia: Energy Infrastructure, Conservation, and Culture
  5. Chemical Diplomacy: Negotiating Treaties Around Hazardous Pollutants

Conference Environmental Diplomacy and Security in International Relations

Monday, August 15th, 2011

GSIPM Expo on Friday, August 19

This August the Graduate School of International Policy and Management will hold its second research and consulting projects expo to showcase the achievements of some of its best graduating students as well as some of the school’s significant immersive learning programs. Monterey Institute graduate students from the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS), Development Project Management Institute Practicum (DPMI Plus), Frontier Market Scouts (FMS), Team El Salvador, and International Business Plan (IBP) programs will present on their research from 9am-3:30pm at the Monterey Institute of International Studies on  Friday, August 19.

Featured Programs


International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) IPSS started in 2001 with the goal of providing policy students with the opportunity to spend six months working for an international organization in their field while also completing a significant research project towards their graduate degree. The 2011 IPSS group includes 24 students serving 22 different organizations in 11 different countries.


International Business Plan (IBP) The IBP is a required team-based consulting capstone project for MBA students. Cross-functional and cross-cultural teams work with a sponsoring company under faculty supervision to develop comprehensive plans for international growth and expansion.         


Development Project Management Institute Practicum (DPMI Plus) DPMI Plus began in 2008 to provide students completing the three-week DPMI training with an opportunity to apply their planning, evaluation, and facilitation skills to complete academic deliverables while serving a social change organization in the field.


Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) FMS is innovative program that selects and trains aspiring international professionals to become talent scouts and investment managers, and facilitating access to capital for enterprising local business people in low-income markets around the world. This program was developed by the Monterey Institute in partnership with the Sanghata Institute of Social Entrepreneurship and Investment.


Team El Salvador Since 2006, The El Salvador Practicum has provided opportunities for students from all programs to enhance their development skills, language proficiency, and multicultural competency. Through a partnership with La Coordinadora, a Salvadoran community-based organization, students have worked on projects that promote sustainable agriculture, micro-business models, natural resource protection, youth empowerment, organizational capacity building, and more.

Learn more and read speaker biographies.

Contact Carolyn Meyer at 831-647-6417 or for more information.  

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Call for Participation/Applications: Fourth Round of the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute- Deadline: July 31

The Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation (BGRF), in cooperation with its partners the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and the Network of East-West Women (NEWW), and in cooperation with representatives of the Euroregional Center for Public Initiatives (ECPI) are announcing their Call for Applications for the Fourth Round of the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute (WHRTI), 2011-2013. Deadline for applications: July 31, 2011.

For more information, click on the following link:

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Call for Papers: 2nd International Conference on Human Rights Education

For more information, please follow this link:

For questions, please e-mail: hre2011 (at)

2nd International Conference on Human Rights Education

“Celebrating diversity and achieving social justice through human rights education”
Durban, South Africa
14-16 November 2011

Call for papers

The Faculty of Law of the University of KwaZulu-Natal is pleased to announce that it is hosting the 2nd International Conference on Human Rights Education in Durban, South Africa from 14th–16th November 2011.


The Faculty of Law of the University of KwaZulu-Natal is hosting the 2nd International Conference on Human Rights Education (HRE) from 14-16 November 2011. The overall theme of this year’s conference is “celebrating diversity and achieving social justice through human rights education”. The conference will comprise of plenary sessions, workshops, presentations of case-studies and sharing of best practices, as well as thematic panels which will include: HRE and post-conflict scenarios; HRE and HIV/AIDS; HRE and information technology; HRE and sustainable development; African approaches to HRE; and HRE through international and regional mechanisms.


In recognising that HRE is essential to the full realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms and contributes significantly to promoting equality, respect for human dignity, preventing discrimination and enhancing participation in democratic processes, the objectives of the Conference are to:

• Support and promote the UN objectives on HRE;
• Promote the role of HRE in the advancement of good governance;
• Foster HRE across the African continent and to build networks amongst stakeholders;
• Explore the role of HRE in advancement of the rights of vulnerable groups; and,
• Interrogate the role of HRE in promoting cultural diversity and accommodating traditional value systems.

The Conference aims to attract a broad spectrum of stakeholders both formally and informally involved in human rights education, and human rights more broadly. This will include officials and experts from governments and international/regional institutions with a focus on human rights, as well as judges, scholars, lawyers, students and human rights activists.


We invite a broad range of participation around this theme and welcome contributions that address the following keys issues:
• Education for a human rights culture
• Strategies for educating about human rights
• Human rights, cultural diversity and vulnerable groups
• HRE and sustainable development
• HRE and Good Governance

The deadline for submission of abstracts (300 words maximum) is Friday, 15 July 2011. All abstracts must be emailed to: or faxed to +27 (0)31 260 1606.

For details on the Conference Fee and Accommodation please see our website:


There are limited funds available to support the attendance of individuals from developing countries. Although these are limited to presenters, preference will be given to those who submit successful abstracts. Should you wish to be considered for a full or partial scholarship please indicate this when you submit your abstract and include a CV and Letter of Motivation.

For more information, please follow this link:

For questions, please e-mail: hre2011 (at)

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Focus on the Region: The Economics of Sustainability

Who: Jason Scorse & other environmental exhibitors

Where: University Center, California State Monterey Bay (CSUMB)

When: Wed, February 16, 8:30am – 4:00pm   

Come for a exhibition at University Center at CSUMB featuring MIIS’s own Prof. Jason Scorse among other exhibitors. Prof. Scorse will discuss his new book “What Environmentalist’s Need to Know about Economics.” View event schedule and full list of participants.

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

DePaolis Presents on Spatial Analysis of Foreclosure Rates

GSIPM Professor Fernando DePaolis participated in the 57th Annual North American Meeting of the Regional Science Association International in Denver, CO., from Nov 10th – 13th. In the meeting he chaired the session on Location and Spatial Modeling and presented his paper “Economic Stability and Spatial Structure as Determinants of Residential Foreclosure Rates in U.S. Metropolitan Areas.”

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Gateway California: West Coast’s Biggest Trade Show & Workshop Offers Student Discount

Gateway California is the leading export/import forum on the west coast. This one-day event is attended by more than 1,000 individuals who gather to take part in everything from the dynamic trade show floor and the focused curriculum of export/import related training workshops to the International Export/Import Executive Luncheon where attendees hear from policy and industry leaders about the latest policy directions and trends in the industry. It provides attendees and exhibitors the opportunity to make the critical connections and increase their opportunity for future success globally.

Where: South San Francisco Conference Center

When: Friday, October 29th

Student Discounts are available!

For more information, please consult the Gateway California flyer

Monday, October 18th, 2010

U.S. Green Building Council Awards Gala, October 29th

The Northern California Chapter of the Green Building Council is holding its 4th annual Green Building Super Hero Awards Gala on October 29th at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

They will be honoring organizations and individuals in Northern California who have done outstanding work promoting sustainability, social equity, etc.  Former Secretary of State George Shultz will deliver the opening address.

More information may be found at

Last year, Paul Buckman arranged for a block of discounted tickets to be available to MIIS students and a group came up for the evening.  He wants to do the same this year.

Below is the additional information students will need to obtain the MIIS discount:

1.       Follow this link:

2.    Select the number of tickets you wish to redeem in the box next to USGBC-NCC Student Members.

(Note: offer expires 10/25/2010)


1.       Go to

2.       In the ticket window, enter discount code “gbsh2010_MIIS” and select the # of Student tickets desired.

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

2010 Lisbon Young Atlanticist Summit: Call for Applications

The Young Leader’s Summit will take place November 18th-20th in Lisbon, Portugal, on the sidelines of the 2010 NATO Summit. Hosted by the Atlantic Council of the United State’s Young Atlanticist Program, the Portuguese Atlantic Commission and the Atlantic Treat Association/Youth Atlantic Treat Association, the event brings together young professionals from all NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) countries, as well as Mediterranean Dialogue members.

The 2010 Young Atlanticist Summit will connect emerging leaders with one another and with Alliance leaders to discuss NATO’s strategic concept and other pressing issues facing the Alliance.  Those who have met with “Young Atlanticists” at previous NATO Summits include: President Barack Obama, Czech President Vaclav Havel, Turkish Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Georgian President Mikhael Saakashvili, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, and NATO Secretaries General
Lord Robertson and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.  In 2010 the organizing partners will again use their networks to arrange similar high-level meetings, where possible.

Visit the Young Atlanticist Network website to download application materials for additional information. Applications are due on September 17, 2010.