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World Issues Forum: Spring 2013

The World Issues Forums occur weekly on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:20pm each quarter.

All events are free and everyone is welcome. See our college calendar to view this schedule by date, where the World Issues Forum events are listed in red.


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Co-sponsors include Anthropology, Canadian American Studies, Communications, Psychology, Political Science, Womenís Studies, WWU Diversity Fund.




Tuesday, April 16, 4:00 AW 204












May 22nd, 4:00pm




Spring 2013 Schedule
Date & Time Lecture

Wed 4/10

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium



casey"What Does Pakistan Have to Do with Haiti?"

Ethan Casey, veteran international journalist, editor, and author


In the same year, 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake and Pakistan suffered horrific floods leaving some two million people homeless and 20% of the country under water. Human suffering is human suffering, wherever it happens. The earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan were natural disasters, but they didn't happen in a geopolitical vacuum. If Haiti meets our need to have someone to pity, Pakistan fulfills our need to have someone or something to fear. Fear, pity, and contempt are easy, self-indulgent emotions. Much more demanding is to cultivate and practice respect and work for justice.


Wed 4/17

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium










"Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town"

Barbara Rogoff, UCSC Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology


In this presentation, Barbara Rogoff describes changes and continuities across decades in children's and families' lives, in a Guatemalan Mayan town where she has conducted research for many years. The account centers on the life and work of a renowned Mayan midwife and her town. The presentation uses photos and film since 1941 to show the changes. Rogoff's presentation is based on her new book, Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town (Oxford University Press). Some of the images can be seen on a 6-minute YouTube video called Developing Destinies.


Tuesday, April 16, 4:00 AW 204

"Observing and pitching in: Learning in Indigenous communities of the Americas"

In some communities, a prevalent form of learning is through keen observation of ongoing community events in which people collaborate when they are ready. This approach to learning seems to be especially common in Indigenous-heritage communities of the Americas, and less prevalent in communities that segregate children from the range of activities of their community. These ideas will be illustrated with research in Guatemalan Mayan, Mexican-heritage, and European-heritage US communities.


Wed 4/24

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium



"Drone Warfare: The Reality on the Ground in Pakistan"

Toby Blome, organizer with the San Francisco chapter of CODEPINK, a women led peace and social justice organization.


Toby Blome will give first hand accounts about life under daily drone surveillance in Waziristan, Pakistan, the civilians lost to hellfire missiles, the survivors†stories, and the many ways everyday life throughout Pakistan has been seriously altered by the U.S. War on Terror. She will present information on how Obama's secret wars, using remotely controlled unmanned planes to carryout illegal targeted killing, have caused significant collateral damage and are ultimately counterproductive by inciting anti-American rage and animosity.


Wed 5/1

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium



"Challenges and Opportunities on the Recognition of the Indigenous Cultural Diversity in Colombia"

Amanda Bernal-Carlo, full Professor at the Natural Sciences Department at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York


This talk addresses the cosmo-vision, meaning of land and their way of life of the tribes inhabiting the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Understanding this perception helps us to underline the importance in acknowledging the cultural diversity, the protection of rights of indigenous peoples enabling them to survive as a culture. The reality of the indigenous peoples in Colombia presents paradigmatic situations. Although they are formally protected by the highest international standards, by the legislative and jurisprudential developments, the effectiveness of these formal mechanisms of protection only partially coincide with reality. Solutions to this situation will be discussed.


Wed 5/8

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium




"Creating Truth and Justice in El Salvador"

Marina Ortiz, member of Salvadoran Pro-Historical Memory Commission

with Bethany Loberg, translator and Share Staff


Twenty years after the Peace Accords and the U.N. Truth Commission Report, Salvadorans struggle to build true peace in a society steeped in violence and impunity. While victims of human rights violations have worked tirelessly for truth and justice, accompanied by the Pro-Historical Memory Commission, the current government has been the first to acknowledge and apologize for the active role of the government in repressing, disappearing, and massacring civilians, and to take initial steps towards reparations. Marina Ortiz will share her experiences as a victim of forced disappearance and as an advocate with the Pro-Historical Memory Commission. Bethany will share opportunities for action and accompaniment.

Wed 5/15

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium



"Violence Against Women in a Global Context: Finding Solutions with Hope, Connection, and Voice"

Dana Jack, Professor Fairhaven College

Jillian Froebe, M.A., A.T.R., expressive arts mentor, psychotherapist


The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women held their 57th session on Elimination and Prevention of All Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls in New York in March. Holding historical importance of the largest ever, this gathering of UN officials, NGOs, and their delegates comprised over 7,000 women from around the world. Violence is a worldwide epidemic an one in 3 women will experience sexual or physical violence in her lifetime an and the global community is severely impoverished by the resulting harms. Dana Jack, a presenter at the UN CSW conference, will outline some of the pressing issues related to violence against women and girls and share her case study of a Nepali NGO, Justice for All. Jillian Froebe, working with an NGO called Maher in India, will share a unique community-based approach to addressing violence against women.


Wed 5/22

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium




"De/signing Discourse: Production, Consumption, and Sustainability in the 'Age of Aesthetics'"

Christine Harold, Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Washington


Harold presentation explores the relationship between industrial design, grassroots production, and environmental sustainability. This project builds upon her work on the politics of branding and consumption begun in her book OurSpace. The focus of commercial rhetoric is shifting toward the formal components of objects (their shape, weight, footprint, etc.) more than the text and graphics of brands. Through examples such as the handcrafts, makers, and emotional design movements, Harold tracks the political potential of challenging how we understand lithe Object and how we might more carefully consider the larger ramifications of our relationship to the world of things.


May 22nd, 4:00 CF227

"Brand You!: Ethos, Personal Branding, and Community in Anxious Times"


Today's globalized workforce means that many workers, even those doing so-called "knowledge work" must compete to be noticed among competitors vying for clients attention. This reality has given rise to one professional arena that is becoming a boom industry an personal branding. Personal branding encourages workers to package and market themselves as an advertiser would a product, to distinguish themselves from the pack with coherent online messaging and a distinctive aesthetic. Done well, say advocates, personal brands should convey not only ones skill set, but ones personality as well. Harold analyzes the character of the rhetoric promoting personal branding as a kind of "ethos" for the global-network age. She encourages an approach that embraces other people as crucial members of ones community rather than as competitors (or customers) in a hostile market place.


Mon 5/29

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium




"Welcome to Homerica": The Representation of Immigration Issues and the U.S.-Mexico Border Fence in American Animated Television Series"

Julie Dufort, Ph.D. student in Political Science, University of Quebec at Montreal; Visiting assistant professor at Western Washington University.


This presentation shows that four American animated television series, The Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park and American Dad!, are more than mere entertainment and contain political discourses on undocumented immigration and the building of a fence along the US-Mexico border. Relying on Daniel Licensors categorization of the main US currents of thought on immigration, we proceed to a qualitative content and discourse analysis to show how most of these four series valorize liberal views on immigration.




Speaker Biographies


Ethan Casey is a veteran international journalist, editor, and author. He is the author of Alive and Well in Pakistan: A Human Journey in a Dangerous Time(2004), called "magnificent" by Ahmed Rashid and "wonderful" by Edwidge Danticat. He is also the author of Overtaken By Events: A Pakistan Road Trip (2010). Bearing the Bruise: A Life Graced by Haiti (2012), called by Dr. Paul Farmer, "a heartfelt account that gives readers an informed perspective on many of the political and social complexities that vex those who seek to make common cause with Haiti." Casey has co-authored with Michael Betzold, Queen of Diamonds: The Tiger Stadium Story (1992). His next book, Home Free: A Real American Road Trip, will be published in fall 2013.

Barbara Rogoff is UCSC Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Education, Association for Psychological Sciences, American Anthropological Association, American Psychological Association, and American Educational Research Association. She has been Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Kellogg Fellow, Spencer Fellow, and Osher Fellow of the Exploratorium. She has served as Editor of Human Development and committee member on the Science of Learning for the U.S. National Academy of Science. Recent books include Learning Together: Children and Adults in a School Community (Oxford, 2001), The Cultural Nature of Human Development (Oxford, 2003), and Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Her Town (Oxford, 2011). .

Toby Blome, is a physical therapist and former educator, an organizer with the San Francisco chapter of CODEPINK, a women led peace & social justice organization. She has been very involved in the drone warfare resistance movement in the U.S. since 2009. Last October she joined 33 other United States citizens on the Code Pink Peace Delegation to Pakistan, to learn firsthand about the consequences of drone warfare in Pakistan and to support the growing resistance to U.S. drone strikes.

Amanda Bernal-Carlo is originally from Colombia where she studied for several years the ecology of the Andean Highlands including the Andean Forest and the Paramos. She is a scholar of Biogeography, Ecology and Medicinal Plants. In 1989, while carrying out research on the biogeography of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, she became involved in the study of the Kogui Indians, their philosophy of life, and their traditional healing. In 1996, she received the First National Research Prize from the Colombian government for the work she had accomplished during ten years on the Colombian Andean Mountains.


Professor Amanda Bernal-Carlo is a full Professor at the Natural Sciences Department at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York. She has served as the Chair of the Department and as the Associate Dean of the Office of Academic Affairs. She worked on the creation of several initiatives at the college including the Honors Program for Liberal Arts students, the Summer Honors Institute, the Center for Teaching and Learning and as Chair of the College Wide Curriculum Committee. Proof. Bernal-Carlo received the International Exemplary Leadership award from the Chair Academy as well as the Exemplary Initiatives award for Curriculum Innovation from the Instructional Leadership Academy

Marina Ortiz has worked with the Pro-Historical Memory Commission for ten years. She was separated from her family and disappeared as a child. At age eighteen, Pro-Busqueda helped reunite her with her family. She has worked to help other families find their disappeared loved ones ever since. She currently coordinates Pro-Busqueda's advocacy program.


The Pro-Historical Memory Commission is a coalition of human rights organizations working for truth, justice, and reparations for grave human rights violations during the armed conflict in El Salvador. Eight organizations form the commission: three committees of the mothers and relatives of the disappeared: CODEFAM, COMADRES and COMAFAC, Pro-Busqueda, which searches for disappeared children, Tutela Legal, the Archdioceses human rights office, FESPAD, an organization of lawyers working for human rights, the Salvadoran Human Rights Commission (CDHES), and the Madeleine Lagadec Center for the Promotion of Human Rights. Each organization has different specialties, from accompanying family members of the disappeared in their healing processes to exhuming massacre sites, documenting abuses and taking cases to trial. Together they present a united voice for truth, justice and reparations.

Bethany Loberg, originally from Salem, Oregon, has lived and worked in El Salvador for a total of four years and currently accompanies SHAREs human rights work. She previously worked with CAUSA, Oregon¥s Immigrant Rights Coalition and holds a B. A. in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies from Goshen College. SHARE currently supports the Pro-Historical Memory Commission in their work to attend to and build victims¥ awareness, bring 6 cases of forced disappearance, 2 cases of torture and 1 case of a massacre to justice, and pressure the government to enact a policy of reparations. Bethany has lived and worked in El Salvador for four years and currently accompanies SHARE¥s human rights work.

Dana C. Jack, Ph.D. is a psychologist who earned her BA at Mount Holyoke College, her MSW at University of Washington, and her Ed. D. at Harvard University. Her main areas of research focus on omens depression and anger in the U. S. and internationally. As a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal in 2001, she taught in a graduate omens studies program at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, and also completed research on gender and depression in Patan Mental Hospital and Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital. She was awarded WWU Olscamp Outstanding Researcher in 2002. In addition to research, Dana enjoys teaching at Fairhaven College in the areas of culture, gender and psyche!


Dana's interests also include emerging research on brain plasticity, attachment theories, and cultures affect on symptom formation, as with eating disorders and depression. In addition, she has participated in the Mind and Life conferences and 08 Summer Research Institute. Her course on the Psychology of Mindfulness and Wellbeing summarizes recent research on the nature of the self and the effects of meditation on the brain. She is an avid hiker, having trekked over 135 days in remote areas of Nepal; ocean kayaker; and traveler, including in Kenya, Madagascar, and Zambia as well as Asia, Central and South America.


Selected publications: Silencing the Self: Women and Depression. Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press, 1991 and Behind the Mask: Destruction and Creativity in Omens Aggression. Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press. November, 1999.

Jillian Froebe, M.A., A.T.R., is an expressive arts mentor, psychotherapist, spiritual director and an ordained Interfaith minister and chaplain. She is committed to honoring the connections among the body/mind/spirit, the sustainable and the relational, and the creative realms of our lives.


She teaches classes and facilitates groups in embodied practices of Authentic Movement, expressive arts and dream tending while guiding others in the cultivation of the compassionate witness and in deepening the reciprocal connection with Self and others in relationship. Jillian companions students and clients in their pursuit of calling, through thresholds of life transitions.


Jillian is dedicated to supporting local and global pursuits, honoring the intersection of many expressions of the sacred and the dignity of all beings on Earth, our shared "home." She collaborates in resurrecting bridges between the inner and outer ecology and sustainability of each individual within the context of community.

Christine Harold is an associate professor of communication at the University of Washington. She is author of OurSpace: Resisting the Corporate Control of Culture (University of Minnesota Press) and several articles on rhetoric, cultural politics and consumerism. Harold is currently at work on the book De/signing Discourse: Production, Consumption, and Sustainability in the 'Age of Aesthetics', which analyzes grassroots design and craft movements in which artisans and activists explore ancient and novel ways of interacting with objects. De/signing Discourse continues OurSpace's investigation into the political and ethical possibilities of consumption.

.Julie Dufort is a visiting assistant professor at Western Washington University where she teaches a course on Quebec Politics and US Relations. She is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Quebec at Montreal and she also works as a research fellow at the Center for United States Studies at the Raoul Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies in Montreal. Her current research focuses on Quebec relations, border issues and immigration politics in the United States, representations of politics in American popular culture (with an emphasis on political humor) as well as the proliferation of walls and fences in international relations.






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