Welcome back to MIIS Radio!


The fall semester is underway and we at the DLC are proud and excited to welcome you back with reinvigorated spirit. For returning students, the DLC has undergone some interesting new changes, and for new students, the DLC welcomes you into the family. Our work is housed at the intersections of education and technology, so if you find that you need help with your content, competency, or presentation we can provide you free consultation services.

To keep the words brief and the speech flowing, please click on the link to be (re)introduced to some key communication tools, resources, and event updates.

This year MIIS Radio will become an official student led organization, so come check out our booth on Thursday from 12-2 in the Samson Center!

We want to hear your voice. And we want you to be heard. Let’s make it happen together!

Nukhet Kardam on MIIS Radio!


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.

Flashback to TESOL 2014

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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:

2014 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo

Listen to the podcast by pressing play below!

Pro Bytes: Jeff Dayton-Johnson


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.

Enjoy the clip!


“Voice, Audio, & Story,” with Barbara Ganley & Friends

With an emphasis on understanding the deep complexity of the human voice and the soundscapes we live in, this hands-on workshop explored what happens when we turn off the visual and turn up our attention to the voices and sounds around us.  The session was offered in collaboration with Barbara Ganley, a former Middlebury writing professor, and DLC expert-in-residence on community development and digital storytelling.

Students, faculty, and staff joined the Digital Learning Commons team for our first ever live MIIS Radio broadcast.  Listen to the recording for insight from an esteemed panel of experts including: Sarah Kramer, Emmy and Peabody award winning multimedia journalist from the New York Times and StoryCorps; Andrea Olsen, Professor of Dance and the John C. Elder Professor of Environmental Studies at Middlebury College; Alan Levine, Open Education renegade and instructor of the DS106 ”MOOC”, and Barbara Sawhill, Oberlin College Spanish language teacher extraordinaire.Join our live audience to participate in the conversation about the possibilities of human connection through digital audio, the neuroscience of storytelling, and innovative digital storytelling initiatives.

Participants learned about MIIS Radio, Blogs @ MIIS, Midd Media, and MiddLab@MIIS as platforms for documenting academic research and field experiences for academic and professional purposes.   Tools and practical implications for how digital audio can be used in field research, storytelling and documentary were also discussed.


Why Supply Chain Management is Front and Center in Today’s Businesses

photo_rogers_daleDr. Dale Rogers of Rutgers University presented “Why Supply Chain Management is Front and Center in Today’s Businesses” as part of the GSIPM Dean’s Seminar Series on October 25th, 2012.

Dr. Dale Rogers is Co-Director of the Center for Supply Chain Management at Rutgers University. He was instrumental in building the two highly successful SCM programs at the University of Nevada and Rutgers University, measured by national rankings and graduate internship and job placements. Dr. Rogers believes that SCM is taking the center stage in addressing the key sustainability issues in today’s businesses. It is the nexus for the environmental impact, social impact, and ethical behavior of contemporary business and management. In other words, SCM is general management with substance.

Listen to Dr. Rogers’s experience in developing winning degree programs and his vision on sustainable business education.

Built to Last: Housing for the Post-Carbon Age

by Marcq Sarratt

At the Bioneers Conference this year,  one interesting panel was Built to Last: Housing for the Post-Carbon Age. Creating a sustainable future cannot come from a single source of innovation or policy. Bottom up changes in daily paradigm for most people combined with top down policy measures are both going to be necessary to bring about the kind of change that will be needed to bring humanity safely into the twenty second century. In the middle of policy and grass roots change, are architectural revolutions in economy and efficiency that also contribute greatly towards limiting resource consumption and bringing about healthier more resilient communities.

Matt Taecher is a city planner at Dyett & Bhatia with an information technology background. Reminding us all that for most of civilized history we lived just fine without personal motor vehicles and “we (still) have feet”. His focus was on nodal urban density projects focusing on multi-use building clustered around existing transit systems. His vision is to change urban zoning laws to accommodate the highest efficiency use of space. While that may sound cramped, green spaces he stressed also play important roles not only for aesthetic purposes, but also for bio-remediation services like chemical laden street rain water run-off. By adding easements for bio-accumulating plants, and dividing driving lanes from pedestrian traffic, not only do you reduce waste water treatment costs but you make for more walk-able neighborhoods.

Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, work together as architects and developers at The CoHousing Company, where they focus on creating community by “taking the cars out of the middle”. The actual design elements were remarkably efficient. By sharing some resources, like radiant heating for example, into the initial building design, the overall cost for the end user is dramatically reduced. Furthermore, building with a focus on energy efficiency instead of personal luxury, they created highly livable spaces that are more naturally appealing than any single family dwelling I have ever seen. For the small price of relegating your car to an adjacent lot instead of directly in front (or in) your home, brings immeasurable value of community right to your door step.

Rachel Kaplan does not understand why anyone still has a lawn. This prime real-estate and its water resources are much better suited for a permaculture food forest that could be augmenting the family dinner. Or why are building owners letting the roof top of some business cost them money by driving up the heating and air conditioning costs when it could become a half acre monoculture crop land that simultaneously adds insulation. Urban farming not only supplies fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, and honey to the nutritional wastelands of inner cities for too long dominated by fast food and convenience stores, it also drives community involvement through one of the first civilizing human practices, growing food.

One thing is for sure, there is no silver bullet for creating a sustainable future. It is going to take responsibility from policy makers and individuals. Thankfully no one has to go it alone. With a focus on strengthening community and streamlining efficiency, accepting the challenges of a post carbon economy has never been easier. The future of our nation, and even our planet depends on it.

A Global System of Marine Reserves: Changing the Dynamic for Marine Conservation

Elliott Norse, Chief Scientist of the Marine Conservation Institute, presented his talk A Global System of Marine Reserves: Changing the Dynamic for Marine Conservation at MIIS on October 2, 2012.

Dr. Norse has worked at the conservation science-policy interface for his entire career. After earning his B.S. in Biology from Brooklyn College, he studied the ecology of blue crabs in the Caribbean and the tropical East Pacific during his doctoral years at University of Southern California and his postdoctoral fellowship years at University of Iowa. Starting in 1978 he worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency, White House Council on Environmental Quality (where he defined biological diversity as conservation’s overarching goal), Ecological Society of America, The Wilderness Society and Ocean Conservancy before founding Marine Conservation Institute in 1996. Dr. Norse’s 150+ publications include Global Marine Biological Diversity: A Strategy for Building Conservation into Decision Making (1993) and Marine Conservation Biology: The Science of Maintaining the Sea’s Biodiversity (2005). He is a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, was President of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Marine Section, received the Nancy Foster Award for Habitat Conservation from the National Marine Fisheries Service, was named Brooklyn College 2008 Distinguished Alumnus and winner of the 2012 Chairman’s Medal from the Seattle Aquarium.

Dean’s Seminar Series: How Social Change Organizations Become Effective

Professor Beryl Levinger hosted the Monterey Institute’s 19th GSIPM seminar.

This talk draws on findings from a two-year study co-directed by Professors Beryl Levinger and Evan Bloom, which examined the organizational development practices of 15 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies around the world. Through the prim of this research, Beryl explores what social change organizations need to do to remain relevant and make a sustainable difference in the lives of those they serve.

If you are likely to work for or with organizations that constantly face new challenges in an environment of uncertain resources, then this post is for you!

The Power of Productivity: A Comparison of Russia and India

Bill Lewis spoke at the Global Problems and Solutions Colloquium on Emerging Markets on April 19, 2012 at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The title of his speech was “The Power of Productivity: A Comparison of Russia and India.”

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Bill Lewis recently retired as a Senior Partner in McKinsey & Co. Inc. after 20 years with the firm. His responsibilities at McKinsey included being the Founding Director of the McKinsey Global Institute. Prior to McKinsey, he was Acting United States Secretary Of Energy and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense.  Earlier he served as Associate Provost at Princeton University and as Senior Financial Officer at the World Bank.  He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.  He is a member of the Boards of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Committee for Economic Development, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, and the Santa Lucia Conservancy.  He is the author of the book The Power of Productivity, University of Chicago Press, 2004.