Fairhaven's World Issues Forums bring thought-provoking speakers to campus
The World Issues Forums of Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies aim 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. Speakers during 2012-13 included:
- “Beyond The Zionist Paradigm - New Hope for Israel and Palestine,” by Miko Peled, author, activist and son of Matti Peled, Israeli general.
- “Tourism, Development and Sacred Peaks in the Himalaya,” by Julie Tate-Libby, instructor of Anthropology and Sociology at Wenatchee Valley College; and James Loucky, professor of Anthropology at Western.
- “From Che to Castro: Life as an Organizer in Cuba,” by Daisy Rojas, Martin Luther King Center in Havana, Cuba, Diego Benitez of Cuba International and Amy Truax of Witness for Peace NW.
- “Cultural Activism in a Time of Crisis,” by Susan Noyes Platt, art historian and art critic.
- “Bahrain: The Uncovered Uprising,” by Jen Marlowe, documentary filmmaker and author.
- “The 2012 US Election – A Domestic and Global Perspective,” by Todd Donovan, professor of Political Science at Western.
- “Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation,” by Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, Canadian author and Quaker-Jewish activist.
- “What Does Pakistan Have to do with Haiti?” by Ethan Casey, veteran international journalist, editor and author.
- “Observing and pitching in: Learning in Indigenous communities of the Americas,” and “Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town,” by Barbara Rogoff, University of California, Santa Cruz Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology.
- “Drone Warfare: The Reality on the Ground in Pakistan,” by Toby Blomé, organizer with the San Francisco chapter of CODEPINK, a woman-led peace and social justice organization.
- “Challenges and Opportunities on the Recognition of the Indigenous Cultural Diversity in Colombia,” by Amanda Bernal-Carlo, professor of Natural Sciences at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York.
- “Creating Truth and Justice for El Salvador,” by Marina Ortiz, of the Salvadoran Pro-Historical Commission, and Bethany Loberg, translator and staff member of SHARE El Salvador.
- “Violence Against Women in a Global Context: Finding Solutions with Hope, Connection, and Voice,” by Dana Jack, professor at Fairhaven College, Jillian Froebe, expressive arts mentor, psychotherapist, spiritual director.
- “De/signing Discourse: Production, Consumption, and Sustainability in the ‘Age of Aesthetics,’” and “Brand You!: Ethos, Personal Branding, and Community in Anxious Times,” by Christine Harold, associate professor of Communication at the University of Washington.
- “‘Welcome to Homerica’: The Representation of Immigrations Issues and the U.S.-Mexico Border Fence in American Animated Television Series,” by Julie Dufort, visiting assistant professor at Western.
- “A Line in the Sand: Cherry Point, Power Past Coal and Community Resistance,” by Matt Krogh, North Sound Bay Keeper with RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, and Dana Lyons, songwriter, performer and activist.
- “Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture through Food Sovereignty,” by Valerie Segrest, Muckleshoot native nutrition educator.
- “Fact & Fiction about Islam in Prison: Assessing Prisoner Radicalization in Post-9/11 America,” by SpearIt, assistant professor of Law, University of St. Louis.
- “Nicaragua Then and Now: Long Term Impacts of U.S. Policy,” by Pamela Fitzpatrick, teacher, and Paul Dix, journalist.
- “Estamos en la Lucha: Immigrant Women Light the Fires of Resistance,” by Christina López, Seattle-based immigrant rights activist and Radical Women organizer.
- “They Like to Work Bent Over: Latino Migrant Health and the Normalization of Inequality,” by Seth Holmes, Martin Sisters endowed chair and assistant professor of Health and Social Behavior at the University of California at Berkeley.
- “Just Getting Warmed Up: Why the Arctic and Antarctic matter to everyone,” by Eric Steig, Isotope Geochemist at the University of Washington.
- “Immigrant Rights in a Changing World,” by Lourdes Fuentes, Seattle attorney focusing on immigration.
Co-sponsors of Fairhaven College’s World Issues Forum include Western’s departments of Anthropology, Canadian-American Studies, Communications, Psychology, Political Science, Women’s Studies and the Western Diversity Fund; various Associated Students organizations; and local community nonprofits.