Where: Lawn of Colton Hall, 570 Pacific St Monterey, CA 93940
Come support and celebrate graduates of the spring 2013 semester.
When: Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 PM
Where: Center for Spiritual Living
Who would have thought a cookstove could mean your life? Intrigued? So were we when we first heard about the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. This program, headed by the Monterey Chapter of the United Nations Association and lead by Senior Director of Strategic Partnership, Ms. Leslie Cordes, seeks to save lives, clean stoves and empower women. Come hear about how black carbon, climate change, stove technology and women empowerment are all connected.
When: Tuesday, April 2, 4:15 – 5:30 PM
Where: Morse Lecture Hall, B104
John Elder, professor emeritus of English and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, will give a lecture at the Monterey Institute next week, entitled “Field Stories: Learning Beyond the Campus.”
In this lecture John will report on his recent experiences of pursuing the goals of liberal education through work off campus and outside the traditional classroom structure. Immersive classes dedicated to sustainable rural communities and online discussions of poetry will be two of his main examples.
John Elder taught English and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and the Bread Loaf School of English for 37 years. He edited the Norton Book of Nature Writing with Robert Finch, and his most recent three books, Reading the Mountains of Home, The Frog Run, and Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa, all combine discussion of environmental literature, description of the Vermont landscape, and memoir. In addition to stories of Frost, Bashō, ballads, and pastorals, comparative studies of the literature and landscape of Japan, Italy, and Ireland have complemented his work in northern New England. Read more about him here.
Seating is limited. If you would like to attend, please respond to email@example.com or 831-647-4151.
Please also consider these additional events during John’s residency at the Monterey Institute:
Monday, April 1
4-6 p.m.“Writing freely with a sense of purpose.”
Workshop (bring your writing journals)
Hosted by Nuket Kardam
Morse Building, B206, MIIS campus
Open to the campus community only.
To register, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 3
10-11:30 a.m.East-West Authors and the Environmental Ethic
Coffee and conversation focused on the affinity between ancient Chinese and contemporary American poets writing about mountains.
Hosted by Andrea Olsen
Thursday, April 4
12:30-1:30 p.m.Deepening the Conversation: Extending the Boundaries of Teaching and Learning
A brown-bag lunchtime conversation about using technology to extend learning across time and space.
Hosted by The Digital Learning Commons and the Office of the Provost
Digital Learning Commons, Design Space, 420 Calle Principal
(drinks and dessert provided)
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Over the course of this Spring 2013 semester, linguistic scholars will visit the Institute to speak in honor of the late Leo Van Lier, esteemed professor, colleague, and friend of our community. These scholars, representing the fields of applied and educational linguistics, will address faculty and graduate students regarding current topics and issues in applied and educational linguistics and in language education. Join us for the first event in the Leo Van Lier lecture series this Friday, March 1 at 2:00pm where George Bunch will discuss “Pedagogical Language Knowledge: Preparing Teachers for English Learners in the New Common Standards Era”.
On Saturday, March 2nd in Irvine Auditorium, the International Trade Club will host its annual trade conference. This year’s theme encompasses the dynamics between economic viability and social stability in our every increasing globalized world. Featuring keynote speaker Gary Horlick, the conference will host expert speakers in the fields of international trade law, economics, development, and conflict resolution. The conference will also include a student debate to discuss the topic, “Should Africa trade with China?” Registration begins at 10:30 am, we hope to see you there!
Middlebury biology professor Helen Young will give the first of two M-squared lectures this spring, on March 5 from 12-1:30 in MG 100. Her topic is ”Saving what we ‘value’: the limitations of ecosystem valuation.”
To increase public interest in biodiversity conservation in the late 1970s, “ecosystem services” provided a framework to assess the beneficial functions that ecosystems provide. This “assessment” rapidly shifted to an economic valuation of ecosystem services to humankind, making these services into commodities with real cash value. This talk will explore what we and the earth lose when only commodities in natural systems are valued – what biodiversity and evolutionary phenomena will be lost and the importance of these metrics to ecosystems.
Helen is a field biologist interested in plant reproductive biology, pollination biology, and the conservation of native bee pollinators.
Her studies of plant-pollinator interactions examine how floral traits affect pollinator behavior, which, in turn, influence plant reproductive success. In Vermont, she has worked extensively with jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) and its pollinators. This system is also characterized by nectar-robbers (bees that remove nectar from flowers without pollinating them), which has led to her investigating the causes and consequences of robbing. In addition, she is examining the effect of habitat fragmentation on bumblebee pollinators in Addison County. In this project, she is examining what features of the landscape are associated with bumblebee abundance with an eye toward conservation of these landscape features to maintain healthy and diverse pollinator communities.
In addition to her lecture, Helen will also be attending classes, meeting with faculty and students… and visiting the garden!
Where: (see corresponding room numbers)
The International Environmental Policy program kicks off this semester’s Sustainability Speaker Series with two events on one special day. Hear Sara Olsen, Founder and CEO of SVC Capital speak about Social and Environmental Returns Analysis (B106 from 8:00 – 100am), followed by Phoebe Higgins, Director of the California Fisheries Fund discussion on Building Profitable and Sustainable Fisheries (Kade 20 10:00am – 12:00pm).
On October 12 and 13, Middlebury will be fortunate enough to host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet and winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. He will deliver two addresses:
Friday, October 12, 1:45 p.m. (10:45 a.m. Pacific time)
Educating the Heart
Saturday, October 13, 9:30 a.m. (6:30 a.m. Pacific time)
Finding Common Ground: Ethics for a Whole World
Both addresses will be livestreamed. You can access the stream at go.middlebury.edu/dlstream.
You can read more about the visit on the Middlebury web site.
Bring your mobile device! We’re meeting upstairs in Kade from 4-5pm, Tuesday, October 18.
Special Guests this month:
Mitch Winick, President of the Monterey College of Law and Elizabeth Xyr, Monterey College of Law Program Director for the iPad program will talk about the College’s all iPad program. Learn more about the pilot program at the Monterey College of Law.
The Mobile Learning Work Group is an informal gathering of MIIS community members interested in exploring how mobile tech is changing the way that we work, teach, and learn through regular open sessions and idea sharing among MIIS faculty, staff, and students and our colleagues and peers in similar professional contexts. The Work Group plans to use the Digital Learning Commons as meeting space for an on-going conversation about mobile tools and document happenings through the DLC blog.
Mark your calendar! The group meets the third Tuesday of every month – next meeting is November 15, 2011.
The Digital Learning Commons is extremely excited to be hosting Barbara Ganley on Monday, September 26th for two unique workshops with a focus on techniques, strategies and tools (from the analog to the digital) for strengthening and developing community through storytelling.
Keep reading for more background on Barbara, workshop descriptions, and registration information. Seating will be limited, so sign-up soon.
Barbara is Founder and Director of Community Expressions, LLC and is a former member of the writing faculty of Middlebury College, where she pioneered the integration of social media and digital storytelling in the liberal arts and service learning. In 2008, she left the College to found her consultancy dedicated to helping small communities bring traditional and new forms of storytelling to civic engagement efforts. Her expertise in using social media and storytelling to engage citizens and to foster belonging has brought her to work with small towns in the Northeast and the Rocky Mountain West as well as foundations, schools and nonprofits on local, national and international levels. Her research and artistic interests include the multimedia essay, slow-blogging and community-based storytelling. She gives talks and workshops around the world, and writes widely about storytelling, social media and lifelong learning.
Workshop #1 An Overview of Storytelling Techniques
10:00-11:30am Monday, September 26, 2011
Digital Learning Commons (2nd Floor of Kade)
Participants: Anyone interested in using storytelling for community engagement
In this short interactive introduction to storytelling techniques and tools for community engagement, we will cover storytelling approaches and their effective implementation in a range of community-building efforts, from classroom communities to inter-departmental communication. We will explore and experience a range of storytelling approaches from the simplest, non media-needed story circle to the story interview to dispersed digital stories told through platforms such as WallWisher, Geostory and Storify.
Register for this event at the bottom of this post.
Workshop #2 Strategies for Creating a Vibrant Online Community
4:00 – 5:30pm Monday, September 26, 2011
Digital Learning Commons (2nd Floor of Kade)
Participants: Anyone interested in the opportunities and challenges of community development
In this hands-on workshop, we’ll discuss effective techniques for building online communities within the academic context: online classes, networks, and communities of practice. We will look at the relationship of f2f interaction to online participation and play with some tools and exercises that lead to active participation, bonding and bridging within the online community and make possible a range of participation levels.
Equipment Needed: Bring your laptop if you can
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