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The DREAM Act and Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Friday May 7th 1:30-2:50 – Fairhaven 340 Saturday May 8th

Student Coalition for Immigrant Rights Conference

Jorge Alonso Chehade, Peruvian Graduate from University of Washington

Today's immigration debates have brought to the fore conflicting visions within the United States over how to address a population of 11-12 million undocumented immigrants. However, contemporary debates have yet to catch up to the current realities and complexities of immigrant families, and thus do not account, for the most part, for a growing population of undocumented children in the United States. DREAM Act Candidate and founder of "DREAMERS for POSITIVE CHANGE", Jorge-Alonso Chehade, shares his story.

Organizers: Center for Law, Diversity & Justice; Student Coalition for Immigrant Rights


Environmental Justice in Indian Country: Building Community Alliances

Michele "Shelly" VendiolaFriday May 7th Communications Facility 125, 3:00-3:40

Michele “Shelly” Vendiola - Ms. Vendiola is Native American (Swinomish) and Filipina. She is a certified mediator, peacemaker, educator and community activist. Shelly is the co-founder of the Community Alliance and Peacemaking Project and is currently contracting with the Swinomish Climate Change Initiative. She formerly served as the Campaign Director for the Indigenous Environmental Network and continues to work in collaboration with this network, advocating on environmental justice issues for tribes in the Pacific Northwest region. She also serves as a consultant to the Lummi CEDAR Project, a native non-profit dedicated to youth leadership and healthy lifestyles where she provides technical assistance and training. She continues to lead workshops in alliance building, organizational development, leadership, peacemaking and dispute resolution throughout the country. She practices popular education methodology within all aspects of her work.


Organizers: Center for Law, Diversity & Justice; Huxley College of the Environment




Playing above the City: (Re)creating Vancouver’s North Shore

Monday May 10th Communications Facility 110, 2:00-3:20

Speaker: David Rossiter is an Associate Professor of Geography and Canadian American Studies at the Huxley College of the Environment.

He has a BA in geography from the University of British Columbia, and a MA and PhD from York University in geography, socio-environmental theory, critical cultural geography, and the historical geography of Canada. His research focuses on the politics of land and resources in British Columbia, with projects examining the production of nature and space through logging protests, aboriginal land claim debates, and the development of industrial forestry.

This talk will focus on the nature of the British Columbia/Washington border space and the historical production of Vancouver’s North Shore region.

Organizers: Center for Law, Diversity & Justice; Canadian American Studies




Law & Diversity Alumni/Friends Brunch Reception!

Saturday May 15th, Fairhaven Dining Commons (2nd Floor), 11am - 1pm


Law & Diversity Alumni and Friends are invited to a brunch reception with Law & Diversity Students, Alumni, and Friends for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Fairhaven College! Join your colleagues, former classmates, and talk with current Law & Diversity Concentrators.


Families are welcome Parking provided Please R.S.V.P. by May 1st by emailing Gaudelia Hurtado:


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Yours, Mine and Theirs: Copyright and Cultural Heritage

Tuesday, May 18th, FAIRHAVEN AUDITORIUM 3:30-5PM

Rick Prelinger

"All of us make culture, whether text, sound, pictures, moving images or games. And since humans started to carve shapes in rocks and paint on cave walls, all of us have borrowed from other people and built on their work. But ever since culture turned into big business and the Internet became the world's greatest copy machine, many of us who make culture are running into roadblocks. Is copyright and intellectual "property" law the friend of the artist, musician, mediamaker, or writer? Or is it the enemy of makers? Is copyright dead, or is it a self-renewing zombie that will always plague us? Rick will talk about the background of the current "copyright wars" and make a few suggestions that might increase our sanity and enhance our creativity."


Presented by SML & the Fairhaven Center for Law Diversity & Justice


Nature Behind Barbed Wire: Environment and Japanese American Incarceration

Friday May 28th Communications Facility 125, 3:00-4:30

Connie Chiang is an Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Bowdoin College. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington. She is the author of Shaping the Shoreline: Fisheries and Tourism on the Monterey Coast (UW Press, 2008) and is currently working on a book manuscript on the environmental history of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II.

In the wake of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the United States government moved over 110,000 Japanese Americans from the Pacific Coast to ten relocation centers in the inland West and Arkansas. This talk explores how the environment--typically arid and semi-arid landscapes--shaped Japanese Americans' everyday lives and resistance and the federal government's efforts to confine and assimilate them.


Organizers: Center for Law, Diversity & Justice; Huxley College of the Environment


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