World Issues Forum

 

World Issues Forum Spring 2022 – Fairhaven Auditorium, Wednesdays 12:00-1:20 

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. 

Community and campus members are very welcome via Zoom.

Zoom Link

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

 

Upcoming World Issues Forum

Tyler Durbin, Fialaui'a Lamositele and Giorgie O'Keefe De Paolis
May 25

Speaker(s): Tyler Durbin, Fialaui'a Lamositele and Giorgie O'Keefe De Paolis

Spring Quarter 2022 Forum Lineup

April 6  

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

Susan Costanzo, Cynthia Horne, Yulia Tverdova and Sarah Zarrow

 

 

April 13

Transnational Accountability for Atrocity Crimes in Africa.

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

April 27 

Dar Jacir: Care, Hospitality, and Criticality

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

May 4th 

Settlers and Immigrants in the American Experience

Aziz Rana, Cornell Law School

Hiroshi Motumura

May 11th Zoom Link

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

Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA School of Law

 

 

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

May 25 Zoom Link

The Adventure Learning Grant in Time of the Corona Virus

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

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Fall Quarter 2021

Sept 29
The Salmon People Project
Darrell Hillaire

November 10


"Writing at the Border: Reflections on Groundswell
Yanara Friedland

November 17

Confronting Immigration Law: From Racist History to Current Activism
Enoka Herat, ACLU of Washington  

World Issues Forum Fall 2021

Fairhaven College launched the World Issues Forum, Western Washington University’s global justice speaker series in September 2001. Fall 2021 marks the twentieth anniversary of World Issues since it was begun and nurtured by Shirley Osterhaus with support from Fairhaven College and 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 Fall 2021 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 two speakers on Indigenous Nations and settler colonialism, one on art and Islamophobia, a speaker on Afghanistan’s transitions, and an ACLU lawyer on racism in our immigration policies. Fairhaven professor, Yanara Friedland, will read from her new book Groundswell on border landscapes, and two historians will compare accountability for human rights violations in Latin America.

We gratefully thank our colleagues Pedro Cameselle, Ceci Lopez, and Robert Snyderman for speaker nominations. Thanks also to our cohosts: Canadian American Studies; Education and Social Justice; the Western Gallery and Art 109; Department of History; Latin American Studies; Salish Sea Studies; WWU Tribal Relations Executive; the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Past World Issues Forums 2009-2020