World Issues Forum
World Issues Forum Spring 2023
Welcome to Fairhaven College’s Spring 2023 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 Spring 2023on borders and belonging, on topics including Indigenous marine foodways, transboundary water governance, social and ecological justice, shared waterways, climate refugees and asylees, Indigenous geographies and settler borders, the Jay Treaty and Indigenous education rights, and the Adventure Learning Grant.
We gratefully thank our colleagues Mary Tuti Baker, Regina Jefferies, Laurie Trautman, 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; 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 accessed via:
You can access older World Issues Forums 2009-2020 on WWU Cedar
Upcoming World Issues Forum
Spring Quarter 2023 Forum Lineup
Jennifer Hahn & Valerie Segrest. Salish Sea Seaweeds: Cross-cultural uses, benefits, risks, and stories from two “Seaweed Sisters”
Dr. Emma S. Norman. The Power of Water: Critical Reflections on the Columbia River Treaty
Morna McEachern, PhD & Stan de Mello. Social Work across the 49th Parallel: Big Salmon River and Columbia River Treaty modernization.
Dr. Niiyokamigaabaw Deondre Smiles. Imaginary Lines--Indigenous Geographies across the boundaries of settler states.
Jane McAdam. Responding to Climate Mobility through International Law – Prospects and Pitfalls.
THURSDAY May 18th 12:10 - 1:10
Jordan Carey, Bella Millikan, & Carlee Heger. Adventures in Portugal and the Balkans.