BELLINGHAM - Drone surveillance, violence against women and the rise of personal branding are a few of the topics that will be covered during Western Washington University's spring World Issues Forums.
The forums, put on by Fairhaven College, are noon to 1:20 p.m. Wednesdays in Fairhaven College Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Here are the events, all free and open to the public:
Wednesday, April 10: "What Does Pakistan Have to do with Haiti?" with international journalist, editor and author Ethan Casey.
Tuesday, April 16: "Observing and Pitching in: Learning in Indigenous Communities of the Americas," with Barbara Rogoff, University of California Santa Cruz Foundation distinguished professor of psychology. This talk will start 4 p.m. in room 204 of Academic West.
April 17: "Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town," with Barbara Rogoff.
April 24: "Drone Warfare: The Reality on the Ground in Pakistan," with Toby Blomé, an organizer with the San Francisco chapter of CODEPINK, a women-led peace and social justice organization.
May 1: "Challenges and Opportunities on the Recognition of the Indigenous Cultural Diversity in Colombia," with Amanda Bernal-Carlo, professor in the natural sciences department at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York.
May 8: "Creating Truth and Justice for El Salvador," with Marina Ortiz of the Salvadoran Pro-Historical Memory Commission and translator Bethany Loberg of SHARE El Salvador.
May 15: "Violence Against Women in a Global Context: Finding Solutions with Hope, Connection and Voice," with Fairhaven College professor Dana Jack and Jillian Froebe, expressive arts mentor, psychotherapist and spiritual director.
May 22: "Designing Discourse: Production, Consumption and Sustainability in the 'Age of Aesthetics,'" with Christine Harold, associate professor of communication at the University of Washington.
May 22: "Brand You! Ethos, Personal Branding and Community in Anxious Times," with Christine Harold. This talk will start 4 p.m. in room 227 of the Communications Facility.
May 29: "'Welcome to Homerica': The Representation of Immigrations Issues and the U.S.-Mexico Border Fence in American Animated Television Series," with Julie Dufort, a visiting assistant professor at WWU.