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October 15, 2008

Upcoming public talks

Competing for Foreign Students and Workers in Science and Engineering, B. Lindsay Lowell, Georgetown University, on Nov 12; Russian Military Reform and Anatoly Serdyukov, Dale Herspring, Kansas State University, on Nov 19; Science Policy and the Obama Administration, Marc Kastner, MIT, on Nov 19; and Conflict Resolution in Jerusalem, Susan Collin Marks, Search for Common Ground, on Nov 20. 


October 10, 2008

MISTI turns 25

MIT celebrated 25 years of international engagement through the Center's International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) at an Oct. 2 dinner hosted by Dana Mead, chairman of the MIT Corporation, and Deborah Fitzgerald, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. MIT's largest international program, MISTI is a pioneer in the field of applied international studies. It prepares MIT students to participate in the global economy by connecting them to hands-on professional internships and research opportunities across the globe. MISTI began in the early 1980s with the creation of the MIT-Japan Program. By 1991, more than 60 MIT interns each year were working in Japan. Today, MISTI prepares and sends more than 300 MIT interns annually to nine countries: China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain. "From the path that MISTI has broken, we are now paving the way to a whole new avenue for education at MIT," President Susan Hockfield said. "The reason I'm convinced that global exposure makes an MIT education even better for our students is that we have been very careful in designing those experiences. MISTI is the premier example."


October 5, 2008

Upcoming public events

The Impact of Migration on Children Left Behind in Developing Countries, Andrea Rossi, John F. Kennedy School of Government, on Oct 14; Asia's Growing Footprints in the Middle East: What it Means for America, Geoffrey Kemp, Director, Regional Strategic Patterns, Nixon Cente, on Oct 15; Does the Israeli Economy Really Need Peace? Bernard Avishai, Monitor Group, on Oct 16.


July 24, 2008

Manrique on Colombia

The Center's Neuffer Fellow, Jenny Manrique, will present a talk entitled "The Colombian Diaspora: Refugees and Asylum Seekers in South and North America," on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 4:30p. Her talk concludes the fall 2008 Myron Weiner Seminar on International Migration. In addition, Manrique recently published an Audit on Plan Colombia entitled "U.S. and Colombia: A Growing Military Intervention?" A journalist, Manrique writes forComunicaciones Aliadas, a non-governmental online magazine based in Peru that focuses on Latin American news, particularly human rights. She joined the Center as its 2008-09 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. The fellowship is a project of the International Women's Media Foundation in memory of Elizabeth Neuffer, aBoston Globe reporter who was killed on assignment in Iraq in 2003.