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DATE: April 5, 2011 12:33:47 PM PDT
WWU's Fairhaven College Announces Spring World Issues Forum Slate

Contact: Shirley Osterhaus, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies coordinator, (360) 650-2309 or shirley.osterhaus@wwu.edu.

BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies has announced the upcoming spring slate of presenters for its annual World Issues Forum, with subjects ranging from gold mining in Mongolia to human rights in Guatemala.

The following forums are free and open to the public, and are from noon to 1:20 p.m. every Wednesday in the Fairhaven College Auditorium, unless noted otherwise

Wednesday, April 6

“Reflections of Global Citizens”

Presenters: Jason Davis, recipient of a Fairhaven College 2010 Adventure Learning Grant which took
him to Northern India and Nepal for 16 months to explore “Narratives of Childhood: Culture,
Development, and Children’s Identities in a Changing World”; Ryann Martinek, recipient of a
Fairhaven College 2010 Adventure Learning Grant has recently returned from India where she
explored community based solutions to health issues such as HIV/AIDS; Rhiannon Laurie, recipient
of a Fairhaven College 2010 Adventure Learning Grant, spent 10 months exploring Tajikistan
through interactions with one extraordinary family.

Wednesday, April 13

“Dysfunctional Philanthropy: Alternatives to the Gates Foundation’s ‘Green Revolution’ in Africa”

Presenter: Janae Choquette, co-chair of AGRA Watch and a graduate of the Evergreen State University
in Political Economy and Food Systems. In the midst of global food, energy, climate, and financial
crises, Choquette believes the way forward is through working in solidarity and partnership with the communities most affected here and around the world to build grassroots movements for systemic change.

Wednesday, April 13: 4 p.m., Haggard Hall 253 on the WWU campus

"Does Art Merely Reflect a Damaged World or Can it Inspire Change?”

Presenter: Jen Marlowe, a filmmaker, author and human-rights activist, did conflict-resolution work with youth in Afghanistan, Cyprus, India, Pakistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. It was while working with youth in conflict areas when she first picked up a video camera and began to explore the idea of how film can be used, not only as a tool of dialogue, but as a tool of activism.

Wednesday, April 20

“Teaching Colonialism, Complexity, and Survivance: A Pedagogical Journey”

Presenter: Coll Thrush, University of British Columbia associate professor of History. Thrush teaches indigenous, environmental, cultural and world history, and formerly served as historian for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in his hometown of Auburn.

Wednesday, April 27

“Dawn of a New Revolt: Challenging Corporate Control of Politics”

Presenter: Cindy Sheehan, peace activist and mother of Spc. Casey Sheehan, who was killed in Iraq
in 2004. Following speaking tours in Venezuela and Europe, Sheehan has increasingly identified
capitalism as the cause of the world’s problems and democratic socialism as the alternative.

Thursday, April 28: 12-1:20 p.m., Communications Facility 25 on the WWU campus

“Human Rights and Environmental Justice in Guatemala: A Case Study”
Presenter: Angelina Snodgrass Godoy, Helen H. Jackson chair in Human Rights and director of
the Center for Human Rights at University of Washington, is beginning a project harnessing scientific
know-how from the University of Washington to analyze and document the specific factors that have
made the communities of Ocos, Guatemala, so vulnerable to devastation from tropical storms. Her work
is focused on equipping them with the evidence they need to defend their right to water.

Wednesday, May 4

“Representing a ‘High Value Detainee’ at Guantanamo”

Presenter: Jeff Robinson, is a criminal defense lawyer at Schroeter Goldmark and Bender who was selected
as a member of the John Adams Project, a small group of lawyers chosen by the ACLU and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to help in the representation of one of the “high value detainees” held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station and charged with capital murder for alleged assistance in
the 9-11 attacks in New York City.

Wednesday, May 11

“Art, Ideology, and Institutional Ethics: The Case of the 19th-Century Jamaican Artist Isaac Belisario”

Presenter: Dian Kriz, Brown University professor of Art History and chair of the Department of History of Art and Architecture. At Brown she offers courses ranging from the art of the French Revolution to the visual exchange between East Asia and Western Europe.

Wednesday, May 18

Mining Boom in Mongolia: Will Mongolia benefit from Mining projects?”

Presenter: Erdenetuya Erdenebaatar, Fulbright Scholar from Mongolia and National University of Mongolia lecturer who teaches courses on TESOL and English language.

Wednesday, May 25

Teaching and Learning for Racial Justice: Danger and Opportunity in Our Critical Moment”

Presenter: Dexter B. Gordon, University of Puget Sound distinguished professor and chair of The Conversation, which is a group of Tacoma and South Sound residents who provide support for social justice activists. In the last five years, Gordon has been instrumental in the founding and leadership of organizations focusing on social justice, civil rights, aid, development, and educational excellence and justice.

For more information on the World Issues Forum speaker series presented by WWU’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, call Shirley Osterhaus at (360) 650-2309 or visit the World Issues Forum Website at http://www.wwu.edu/depts/fairhaven.

WWU's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, established in 1967, is nationally recognized for innovation in teaching and  learning, intensive advising, student-designed majors, narrative assessment, experiential and independent learning and a commitment to social justice.

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