World Issues Forum


Wednesdays 12:00-1:20 Fairhaven College Auditorium

Welcome to the 22nd year of Fairhaven College’s World Issues Forum (WIF). World Issues is Western Washington University’s human rights and global justice speaker series. 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 2022 we have a fantastic line up of speakers on topics including: the Poland-Ukraine borderland in wartime, food activism as climate action, residential schools and First Nations in Canada, race and racism in international asylum law, less developed countries and the global financial system, and food and caste politics in India. 

We are thrilled to host two international visiting fellows at Western Washington University and to be back in the Fairhaven Auditorium and open to the community. We’re also streaming on Zoom. We gratefully thank our colleagues Regina Jefferies, Laurie Trautman, Natalie Baloy, Babafemi Akinrinade, Kate Destler, and Hilary Schwandt for speaker nominations. Special thanks to our cohosts: Border Policy Research Institute; Canadian-American Studies; The Center for Law, Diversity, and Justice; the Institute for Global Engagement; the International Business Concentration; Department of Political Science; and the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity. 

We’re very excited to reopen the Forums in the Fairhaven Auditorium in person to campus and community members. The WIF can also be streamed via: Zoom:

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



Upcoming World Issues Forum

WIF 09/28/22 Jay Ramasubramanyan
September 28

Speaker(s): Andrzej Jakubowski, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland; Cross Border Research Fellow, Border Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University

Fall Quarter 2022 Forum Lineup

Andrzej Jakubowski

September 28th @ 12:00

The Polish-Ukrainian borderland in the face of war: geopolitical significance, societal relations and economic linkages.

Andrzej Jakubowski, PhD, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin

Elodie Cerauskis, Jenna Deane, and Brandi Hutton

October 5th @ 12:00

Food Freedom through Climate Change Activism

Jenna Deane – Sustainable Connections Toward Zero Waste Program Manager

Brandi Hutton - Sustainable Connections Toward Zero Waste Program Coordinator

Elodie Cerauskis Sustainable Connections Toward Zero Waste Program AmeriCorps Vista Member

Teresa Edwards

October 12th @ 12:00

Fostering Reconciliation Workshop

Teresa Edwards, B.A., LLB, J.D., Executive Director and Legal Counsel, Legacy of Hope Foundation, Canada

Priya Morley

October 19th @ 12:00

Connecting Race and Empire: Structures of Subordination in International Migration

S. Priya Morley, Promise Institute for Human Rights, UCLA School of Law

Randall Henning

October 31st @ 12:00

Completing the Global Financial Architecture to Assist Vulnerable Countries

C. Randall Henning, Professor of International Economic Relations, American University

Jay Ramasubramanyam

November 9th @ 12:00

The Eurocentricity of the Global Refugee Law Regime

Jay Ramasubramanyam, Law & Society Program, York University, Toronto

Rayson K. Alex

November 16th @ 12:00

“Why I am Not a Vegetarian!” Food Fascism in India

Rayson K. Alex, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus, Goa, West India

Fulbright Visiting Fellow, Western Washington University


Past World Issues Forums 2009-2020