Fairhaven College's World Issues Forum spotlights global social justice issues

Submitted by gallagm7 on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:09pm

The World Issues Forums of Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies aims to provide thought-provoking discussions to Western’s campus and the Bellingham community, supporting an informed and engaged global citizenry. World Issues Forums are held weekly during fall, winter and spring quarters.

The 2014-15 forum included: 

  • “The Thin Green Line” by Eric de Place, policy director, researcher, writer, speaker, and policy analyst known as an expert on strategies to reduce carbon pollution.

  • “Community Wellbeing: What Is It and How Can Research Help Produce More of It?” by Thomas S. Weisner, emeritus professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles.

  • "Fueling the Fire Inside -- Bridging the rich diversity of the world's indigenous cultures through art," by Anna Hoover, Unangan, artist and community builder. 

  • "Border Children -- Why Are They Fleeing? Human Rights and U.S. Policy in Honduras and Central America," by Dana Frank, professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

  • "Another Politics: Talking Across Today's Transformative Movements," by Chris Dixon, organizer, writer, educator from Ottawa, Canada. 

  • "Broken Spanish: The television audience and the struggle for language and identity," by Christopher Chávez, assistant professor, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon. 

  • "Gaza Then and Now," by Craig and Cindy Corrie advocates for human rights and peace with justice in Palestine & the Middle East; parents of Rachel Corrie, killed by an Israeli Bulldozer in Gaza in 2003.

  • "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States," by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, feminist, revolutionary, historian.

  • "On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion," by Alice Rothchild, physician, author, filmmaker and longtime activist.

  • "Are We Off the Climate Precipice?" by Dahr Jamail, independent, award winning journalist.

  • "Mapping Corporate Education Reform in the Neoliberal State," by Wayne Au associate professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell; an editor for Rethinking Schools.

  • "War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing," by Peter Danelo, Seattle lawyer.  

  • "Planting Trees -- Protecting the Environment in Guatemala," by Jorge Armando Lopez, community activist with the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project in Guatemala.

  • "Pinkwashing: The Queer Critique of Israel's Pro-Lesbian and GayPolitics in Historical Perspective," by Elise Chenier, associate professor of History and Director, Archive of Lesbian Oral Testimony, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia.

  • “Israel, South Africa and the Jim Crow South: Resisting Apartheid,” by Omar BarghoutiPalestinian human rights activist and co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights.

  • “Undoing Border Imperialism," by Harsha Walia, South Asian activist, writer and popular educator. 

  • “The Politics of Immigration in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” by Silky Shah, co-director of Detention Watch Network. 

  • “Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security,” by Todd Miller, author and journalist.

  • “Civil Disobedience and Climate Change: Does it Work?” by Kathryn Harrison, professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia.

  • “Trade Agreements Reveal How Life Will be Organized in 2050,” by Stan Sorscher, labor representative at the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace and president of Washington Fair Trade Coalition.

  • “Shackled Democratically? Global Raciality, Terror, and the Black Body,” by Anna M Agathangelou, associate professor at York University and fellow in Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

  • “Terrorism, Propaganda and U.S. Mideast Policy,” by David Barsamian, founder and director of Alternative Radio.

  • “National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism,” by Melvin Goodman, director of National Security Project at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C. and adjunct professor of Government at John Hopkins University.

  • “One Year: Eat, Clown, Pound, Potato, Pick, Weave, and Sow," by Arcadia Trueheart and Liliana Morgan, students and recipients of Fairhaven College’s Adventure Learning Grant, 2013-14.