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DATE: April 27, 2010 6:59:05 AM PDT
Northwest Indian College's Emma Norman to Speak on Governance Across Political and Cultural Borders

Contact: David Rossiter, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment, (360) 650-3603; david.rossiter@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM – Emma Norman of the Northwest Indian College will speak on “Luna / Tsu-siit the ‘Whale:’Governance Across Political and Cultural Borders” as part of Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment speaker series at 3 p.m., Friday, April 30 at WWU’s Communications Facility room 125.

The event is free and open to the public.

In her discussion, Norman will examine the multiple discourses created around Luna, a lone juvenile orca in the remote waters off of the northwest coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  This discussion will illustrate the complexities associated with managing resources that transcend both political borders (U.S./Canada) and cultural borders (Western /non-Western).  The case illustrates how a single living being can hold multiple meanings to multiple people; the disarray of Luna’s identity underscores the need for increased dialogue, consultation, and multicultural awareness in natural resource management.

Norman's interests in international environmental issues dates back a decade. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Environmental Policy from Colby College in Maine, she worked for two years with the Department of Parks and Wildlife in Malawi, East Africa, as an environmental educator with the U.S. Peace Corps. She also worked for two years as a Land Acquisition Specialist at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida where she managed one of the largest non-governmental land-acquisition projects in the Southern U.S., focusing on the preservation of the Everglades.

Norman is currently a faculty member at the Northwest Indian College, as well as a research fellow with the Program on Water Governance at the University of British Columbia.

For more information contact David Rossiter, assistant professor, WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment, (360) 650-3603 or david.rossiter@wwu.edu

WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment is one of the oldest environmental colleges in the nation and a recognized national leader in producing the next generation of environmental stewards. The College’s academic programs reflect a broad view of the physical, biological, social and cultural world.  This innovative and interdisciplinary approach makes Huxley unique, and the College continues to earn international recognition for the quality of its programs.

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