| by Jessie Raymond

Campus Notes

Members of the Institute community in Monterey and around the world are making their mark, whether in print, online, or both. Here, we share recent publishing news from alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

Poetry Translation Nominated for Award

Institute professor John Balcom’s translation from the Chinese of My Village: Selected Poems of Wu Sheng, 1972–2014 (Zephyr Press, 2020) was a finalist for the 40th annual Northern California Book Award in the category of California Translation in Poetry, which recognized the best works published in 2020 by Northern California translators.

Wu Sheng is a popular Taiwanese poet and environmental activist whose work documents the transformation of his rural community and traditions in the face of the encroaching industrial economy and values.

Of the bilingual anthology, judges said, “John Balcom has translated these poems with such care and accuracy, capturing tones and expression wholeheartedly.”

Alum Publishes Poetry Book on Climate Change

Amir Murtaza MAIPS ’07 has published The Last Clouds: Fifty Poems by Amir Murtaza (Royal Book Company–Karachi, 2021). The book is a free verse collection about climate change and its threat to the existence of mankind. Professor Emerita Nükhet Kardam, in her back-cover blurb, says Murtaza “has done a great job exploring the sacredness of all creation and the urgency of our obligation to take care of it.” 

Haben Book Translated into Japanese

Ai Saito MATI ’04  and Margie Kent Wong MACI ’02 have translated the book Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law into Japanese. Kiyoshi Chimasu MAT ’02 edited it. After reading the book and being moved by Haben’s call to action regarding inclusion and accessibility, Wong reached out to her, and the two met up for coffee. Communicating through a Bluetooth keyboard system Haben had developed at Harvard, the two discussed the possibility of a Japanese translation of Haben’s book. Saito and Wong eventually found a publisher for the Japanese version, which is now available as a Kindle edition or paperback.

NPTS Professor Publishes Article on Nonproliferation

Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) Professor and Program Chair Jeff Knopf has published a journal article titled Not by NPT alone: The future of the global nuclear order. The article, which is temporarily available for free, is part of a special issue of Contemporary Security Policy devoted to assessing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) 50 years after it entered into force in 1970. In the article, Dr. Knopf describes the international arrangements that have developed to try to limit the possibility of nuclear war, outlines how these arrangements have been eroding in recent decades, and proposes short-term steps to renew global awareness of the dangers posed by nuclear weapons, with the goal of preventing further erosion in the institutions that are intended to reduce the chances of nuclear weapons use.

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