Weirdly Worldly: Three TESOL students nerding out over language and culture

Weirdly Worldly is a podcast and long-form conversation. 20151201_175552

We are three TESOL students who frequently find ourselves discussing world events and happenings. Since our lives revolve around language while at school, it only makes sense to discuss accents in our first episode.

The most recent claim on the origins of the Australian accent says that drunken settlers are to blame. As language students, we dissect the validity of this argument and bring to light some other ideas.


2015 Summer Peacebuliding Program with Professor Iyer and the Center for Conflict Studies

Over the summer of 2015, I participated in the first annual Summer Peacebuilding Program on the campus of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, hosted by Professor Pushpa Iyer and the Center for Conflict Studies. DSC_0022

Spending part of the time on the MIIS campus and part of the time at the Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, CA, our group of almost 20 students from all over the world took a deep dive into many concepts incorporated in peacebuilding. I took a moment to interview 4 of the students from the program, asking them to discuss some of the personal transformations they experienced over those 3-weeks.

Take 15 minutes to hear the insightful things they went through.

For more information about the 2016 Summer Peacebuilding Program and the Center for Conflict Studies, visit

Thank you to Professor Iyer for a great program.

Live from the first Social Hour!

MIIS Radio is back! Live from the first Social Hour: summer reflections, first week surprises, and hopes for the upcoming year

​ThisSocial Hour 8.28 installment of MIIS Radio features voices from the first MIIS social event of the year, the Student Services Social Hour. In the cool 80-degree Monterey evening, students mingled on the Samson Patio, sipping beverages served by the ever-enthusiastic members of Student Council, telling stories, and enjoying a break after a long first week. Whether a new or returning student, everyone agreed that the first week had its store of stress, stimulation, and surprises. Corinne Smith reports live from the event.

Special thanks to contributors Emma Tonge, Yuki Goto, Emily Summerlin, Lynn Rampe, Lucy Jobe, Amanda Liles, Ayako Yamada, Briun Greene, and David Richards.

Featuring “La Paix” by Amadou and Mariam, off their 2004 album Dimanche Á Bamako.

Internships Abroad: How to achieve success working outside of the U.S.

Slide1In this podcast, we shed light on how to be a successful intern in Latin America. Luisa Lema, the Public Policy Coordinator for the Colombian NGO Fondo Acción, answers the important questions that each MIIS student looking to work and live abroad wants to know. From resumes to housing, we cover all the essential information and Luisa’s candid responses really provide listeners with valuable information that is applicable to working in Latin America and other parts of the world! So get your listen on and provide us with your feedback.

Thank you to the CACS office for assisting with this podcast.

For more information on Fondo Acción, see the link below or contact Danny Pavitt:



Professor Alfredo Ortiz

IMG_5533Join us in welcoming visiting professor Alfredo Ortiz to MIIS Radio! We managed to squeeze in some time with Alfredo to hear about who he is outside of MIIS and some of his thoughts on how our experiences create our identities and help us to better understand the world. Additionally, we included his opinions of English accents, pour-overs, and the Rich Picture for YOUR listening entertainment.

If you didn’t get your Alfredo-fix here, don’t forget to visit the MIIS Happening YouTube channel to see his entry titled,  “What gets lost when Alfredo becomes Al-fray-do?”