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DATE: February 15, 2012 4:19:23 PM PST
WWU's Fairhaven College World Issues Forum to Host Gary Geddes Feb. 22

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

BELLINGHAM – Canadian author Gary Geddes will present “How Our Way of Life is Killing Africans” as part of Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College World Issues Forum at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the Fairhaven College Auditorium on the Western campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Geddes will discuss the ethical and environmental footprint nations are leaving in Africa. Coltan, an essential heat-resistant component in mobile-phones, computers, play stations and all the new electronic gadgets that clutter and consume our hours, is being mined by starving children working barefoot in unsupported mines shafts that often collapse. The U.S.’s low food prices are achieved through government subsidies that make it impossible for Africans to sell their agricultural products on the world market, and many U.S. pension funds are invested in mining companies that care nothing for human rights or the environment.      

For more information on the World Issues Forum speaker series presented by Western’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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