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Human rights, history of indigenous peoples among topics in WWU lecture series

Items such as human rights in Honduras and the history of indigenous people in the United States will be discussed by activists, researchers, and scholars in the Fall World Issues Forum lecture series, organized by Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

The forums are free and open to the public. The forums are held from noon to 1:20 p.m. every Wednesday in the Fairhaven Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, Oct. 1

“The Thin Green Line”

Eric de Place, policy director, researcher, writer, speaker, and policy analyst, is also known as an expert on strategies to reduce carbon pollution. Place will discuss how the Pacific Northwest is positioned to become a carbon-export hub, including coal terminals, oil pipelines, oil-by-rail facilities, and natural-gas pipelines.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

“Community Wellbeing: What Is It and How Can Research Help Produce More of It?”

Thomas S. Weisner, emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles, researches culture and human development, at-risk families and children, and evidence-informed policy. He will discuss how researchers can improve community wellbeing through being “committed, fair witnesses.”

Wednesday, Oct. 15

“Fueling the Fire Inside — Bridging the Rich Diversity of the World’s Indigenous Cultures Through Art”

Anna Hoover, a Native American artist, community builder and daughter of carver John Hoover, will discuss how indigenous people must recognize the role their creative leaders play in interpreting and identifying history, embracing creative solutions to challenges, and creating artifacts that tell indigenous peoples’ stories.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

“Border Children — Why Are They Fleeing? Human Rights and U.S. Policy in Honduras and Central America”

Dana Frank, professor of History at the University of California at Santa Cruz, will discuss human rights and United States policy in Honduras, along with grassroots efforts in the United States and Congress to influence policy in Central America.

Frank will also present from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Garden Street Methodist Church, Classroom B.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

“Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements”

Chris Dixon, writer and educator from Ottawa, Canada, is an anarchist organizer with a doctorate from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Dixon will discuss how “another politics” is being constructed from the convergence of anti-authoritarian radicalism and broader-based movements in the United States and Canada.

Wednesday, Nov. 5

“Broken Spanish: The Television Audience and the Struggle for Language and Identity”

Christopher Chávez, assistant professor at University of Oregon’s School of Journalism, will share how mainstream networks are establishing upstart Spanish speaking networks of their own, due to United States latinos’ strong economic and cultural influences.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

“Gaza Then and Now”

Craig and Cindy Corrie, advocates for human rights and peace with justice in Palestine and the Middle East, are the parents of human rights activist and observer Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer in Gaza as she tried to stop the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home in 2003. Since their daughter’s death, the Corries have continued to promote changes in the United States foreign policy in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 2-3:30 p.m. in Fraser Hall

“An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States”

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, feminist, revolutionary, and historian, has been an active member of the international indigenous movement for more than 40 years and received her doctorate in History at the University of California at Los Angeles. She will discuss how the genocide of indigenous people in the U.S. is greatly omitted from history texts, and look at the connections between the United States’ aggressive militarism and foreign wars to early conquest wars and land theft from the nation’s indigenous people.

For more information on the World Issues Forum presented by Western’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, contact Shirley Osterhaus at (360)-650-2309 or visit the World Issues Forum Website at wwu.edu/fairhaven/news/worldissuesforum/index.shtml.

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