The World Issues Forum at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies brings thought-provoking discussions to Western's campus and the Bellingham community, supporting an informed and engaged global citizenry.
World Issues Forum lectures, typically held on Wednesdays at noon in the Fairhaven College Auditorium, are free and open to the public.
The 2015-16 speakers included:
- Anne Muter, leader of the Transboundary Watersheds Governance Initiative, on "Upstream Development versus Downstream Risk on Transboundary Watersheds -- The Taku, Stikine and Unuk rivers of northwest B.C. and southeast Alaska"
- Mira Mishra, from Tribhuban University, Kathmandu, Nepal, on "Womanhood in the Making in Nepal: An Intergenerational Perspective."
- Phyllis Bennis, writer, activist and director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, on "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror."
- Aaron Dixon, author of "My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain," on "Like American Racism, Israeli Zionism has become a source of injustice in the Arab World and Beyond."
- Rashad Shabazz, associate professor, Arizona State University, on "Carceral Interstice: Between Prison and Home."
- Deepa Kumar, associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University, on "In Search of Monsters to Destroy: Islamophobia, the War on Terror and US Imperialism."
- Le'Ana Freeman and Richard Vinh, 2014-15 Adventure Learning Grant recipients, on "Ten Months, Seven Countries, Two Students, One Grant: Adventure Learning Grant."
- Keith Feldman, assistant professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, on "Between June '67 and Global '68: A Shadow History of Civil Rights and Decolonization."
- Priscilla Yamin and Daniel HoSang, associate professors of Political Science at University of Oregon, on "What's Lost in Campaigns Against Sex Trafficking?"
- Jewell James, director of the Lummi Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office and totem pole carver, on "Cultural Conflicts: Shifting Paradigms."
- Jamie Mayerfield, professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, on "American Exceptionalism and the Betrayal of Human Rights."
- Aruna Sury and Melody Yang, pro bono attorneys for Kids in Need of Defense, on "Unaccompanied Children in the United States: Refugees in Need of Protection."
- Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum, co-founder of Idle No More and citizen of the nêhiyaw Nation, on "Idle No More: Freedom in an Era of Climate Change."
- Victor Clark Alfaro, founder and director of the Binational Center for Human Rights, on "Human Rights in Mexico-US Border: A Personal Experience."
- Kate Gould, legislative representative for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, on "Lobbying for Peace: People Power to Help Extinguish the Middle East Fire."
- Shirley Osterhaus, retired senior instructor at Fairhaven College and coordinator of the World Issues Forum, on "Beyond Borders, Walls and Marginalities: Solidarity Forever."