2022 Spring Quarter World Issues Forum Forum Lineup

Fairhaven College launched the World Issues Forum, Western Washington University’s global justice speaker series in September 2001. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of World Issues since it was begun and nurtured by Shirley Osterhaus with support from Fairhaven College and then dean Ron Riggins. 

The WIF challenges students, faculty, staff, and community members to be active and engaged global citizens. Distinguished guest speakers address urgent global justice topics including planetary survival; decolonization and anti-racism; human rights; migrations; and the world economy.  

For Spring 2022 we have a fantastic line up of speakers appropriate to the twentieth anniversary of World Issues, and al-Qaeda’s attacks on the United States, and the failures of the global war on terror. We have a panel of outstanding Western faculty on Russia’s war on Ukraine. We celebrate our colleague Babafemi Akinrinade’s new book with a Forum on “Transnational Accountability. The Law, Diversity, and Justice and American Cultural Studies Programs bring us three legal speakers on immigration, political membership, and civil rights. We hear from the 18th cohort of Adventure Learning Grant recipients and learn about an Artists Residence in Bethlehem, Palestine.  

We gratefully thank our colleagues Larry Estrada, Regina Jefferies, Ceci Lopez, for speaker nominations. Thanks also to our cohosts: American Cultural Studies; The Center for Law, Diversity, and Justice; Department of History; Department of Political Science; and the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity. 

You can access older World Issues Forums 2009-2020 on WWU Cedar 

April 6  

April 6th- Understanding Russia’s War on Ukraine.

Susan Costanzo, Cynthia Horne, Yulia Tverdova and Sarah Zarrow


April 13 2022

Transnational Accountability for Atrocity Crimes in Africa.

Babafemi Akinrinade, Regina Jefferies, Niall Ó Murchú and Amir Abedi

April 27 2022

Dar Jacir: Care, Hospitality, and Criticality

Aline Khoury, Programs Director, Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research

May 4th 2022

Settlers and Immigrants in the American Experience

Aziz Rana, Cornell Law School

May 11th 2022

Immigrant Justice and Racial Justice: What's the Connection?

Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA School of Law


May 18 2022

Facing the Truth and Connecting the Dots: when freedoms are limited for one, freedom is harmed for all

Michele Storms, Executive Director, ACLU of Washington

May 25 2022

The Adventure Learning Grant in the Time of Corona Virus

Tyler Durbin, Fialaui'a Lamositele, Hilary Schwandt, Giorgie O'Keefe De Paolis