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World Issues Forum: Spring 2011

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, Art, Candian American Studies, Communication, Political Science, Women's Studies, Center for Law, Diversity & Justice, Socialist Alternative, Veterans for Peace, Voices for Middle East Peace, Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, Whatcom Human Rights Task Force and Mark Lehmann.



Winter 2011 Schedule
Date & Time Lecture

Mon 4/4

12:00 - 1:20pm


Concert Hall



#joya“A Woman Among Warlords”

Malalai Joya will be speaking about the current crisis in Afghanistan, focusing on the situation facing women and the poor. The British Broadcasting Company calls her “the bravest woman in Afghanistan”. She works with communities of poor Afghans in supporting schools, a clinic and other facilities.

Wed 4/6

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium



“Reflections of Global Citizens”

Jason Davis, Ryann Martinek, Rhiannon Laurie, Fairhaven College 2010 Adventure Learning Grant recipients

From Tajikistan to Nepal, to India, recipients of Fairhaven College’s Adventure Learning Grant share their stories and discoveries of respecting cultures, making life long connections, exploring health issues, and examining the social, cultural, environmental and political/economic forces shaping children’s identities in a changing world.

Wed 4/13

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium



“Dysfunctional Philanthropy: Alternatives to the Gates Foundation’s Green” Revolution in Africa"


Janae Choquette, Co-chair of AGRA Watch, a campaign of the Seattle-based Community Alliance for Global Justice

and Sarah Carter, Graduate student in social work.


Transnational corporations, governments, and philanthropic organizations are seizing on growing food and climate crises to push GMOs, industrial agriculture, and neoliberal development agendas on the Global South. In Africa, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and its private sector partners are bankrolling a “New Green Revolution” through the Foundation’s Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) program. Activists from the Seattle-based AGRA Watch campaign will explore the social, economic, and environmental consequences of this model. They will highlight African voices, on the ground resistance to Gates/AGRA, and alternative paths to agricultural development rooted in agroecological farming, local and indigenous knowledge, social equity, and food sovereignty – the right of peoples and communities to define their food and agriculture systems.

Wed 4/13

4:00 pm


Hall 253




"Does Art Merely Reflect a Damaged World or can it Inspire Change?”

Jen Marlowe, filmmaker, author, and human rights activis

Does art merely reflect a deeply damaged world, or can it inspire change? Jen Marlowe will explore this question. She will examine the role of the media and culture in determining what messages we receive and whose voices we have access to—as well as how art can challenge that, forcing us to challenge our pre-conceived assumptions. From Darfur, Gaza and death row in the state of Georgia, she brings us stories of the dignity and resilience of people she has met in some of the most devastated places on earth, and shares her struggle to amplify their voices to an American audience.

Wed 4/20

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium




“Teaching Colonialism, Complexity, and Survivance: A Pedagogical Journey”

Coll Thrush, Associate Professor of History,

University of British Columbia

In the US, Canada, and elsewhere, the legacies of colonialism for Indigenous and settler peoples are among the most pressing, complicated, and intractable problems in both policy and everyday life. What is the role of the university in this process? And what role does higher education play in our shared lives as students, scholars, and citizens, Indigenous or otherwise? Who bears the burden of, and responsibility for, the history of colonialism? How can non-Indigenous people best be allies to Indigenous peoples and their concerns? What does it mean to “belong” to a place in the context of colonialism? And what are the ethical, moral, and theoretical challenges regarding how we tell the story of the past (and present)?

Wed 4/27

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium




“Dawn of a New Revolt: Challenging Corporate Control of Politics”

Cindy Sheehan, peace activist and mother of specialist Casey Sheehan killed in Iraq

From Egypt to Wisconsin, working-class people are rising up against injustice. Massive strikes and demonstrations rocked Europe’s ruling elites last year. Popular uprisings have toppled and challenged dictators and “free-market” policies across the Arab world. Now workers and youth in Wisconsin and across the U.S. have begun to fight back against budget cuts in education and healthcare enacted by both Republicans and Democrats. Come hear an inspiring speaker and join this important discussion about how we can challenge the corporate agenda and fight for a better world.

Thurs 4/28

12:00 - 1:00pm

Comm 25




“Human Rights and Environmental Justice in Guatemala: A Case Study”

Angelina Snodgrass Godoy, Director, University of Washington Center for Human Rights

In recent years, the impacts of global climate change and use of land for export crops have increasingly threatened the livelihood of many of the world’s most vulnerable communities. Faced with declining prospects for survival, residents of these communities risk becoming “climate refugees,” dependent on aid and/or forced to migrate. In Guatemala, the heavy rains of last year and palm oil production are seriously impacting communities and leaving thousands without homes and harvests.


Wed 5/4

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium




“Representing a ‘High Value Detainee’ at Guantanamo”

Jeff Robinson, Criminal Defense Lawyer at Schroeter Goldmark and Bender

In this presentation, Robinson will speak of his work with the John Adams Project, a joint effort of the ACLU and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to involve some of the country's best criminal defense attorneys in representing Guantanamo detainees.  Having traveled repeatedly under intense security conditions to Guantanamo in Cuba, Robinson faced challenges and risks to provide the accused with effective representation. His talk will describe his extraordinary experiences representing one of the five ‘high value detainees’ charged with the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Wed 5/11

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium




“Art, Ideology, and Institutional Ethics: The Case of the 19th-Century Jamaican Artist, Isaac Belisario”

K. Dian Kriz, Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Brown University


K. Dian Kriz will examine the politics of representation in two contexts: in nineteenth-century Jamaican print culture and within the modern museum.  Her case study examines Jamaican-born artist Isaac Belisario, whose lithographs of black Jamaicans, first published in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1837-1838, were the centerpiece of major exhibition at the Yale Center for British art in 2007.

Wed 5/18

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium




“Mining boom in Mongolia: Will Mongolia benefit from Mining projects?"

Erdenetuya Erdenebaatar, a Fulbright Scholar from Mongolia


Mongolia – the land of eternal blue sky – used to attract global attention by its open spaces, unspoiled nature, clean air and nomadic lifestyle that has spanned for over 3000 years. However, the trend has changed dramatically in the past few years. The country is now drawing a serious attention from global investors and businessmen after a series of big gold and copper deposits were discovered in the country. The land which was considered as sacred since well before the time of Genghis Khan (Chingis Khaan) is now being dug out and destroyed. According to a Mongolian old saying, gold never brings good luck. Will Mongolia really benefit from these mining projects? If so, will the benefits be worth tearing the precious homeland apart?

Wed 5/25

12:00 - 1:20pm

Fairhaven Auditorium




“Teaching and Learning for Racial Justice: Danger and Opportunity in Our Critical Moment”

Dexter B. Gordon, Distinguished Professor at

University of Puget Sound

How should we in education approach the vexing question of race? The answers have never been easy to come by and at the beginning of the 21st century they are no less complex? Still, the Race and Pedagogy Initiative is committed to addressing this question. The Initiative is a collaboration of the University of Puget Sound and the South Sound community, which educates students and teachers at all levels to think critically about race and to act to eliminate racism. In bringing together years of experience as an educator, preacher, scholar, and community advocate, Dr. Gordon will promote his vision of comprehensive community development grounded in equality and justice for all.



Speaker Biographies

Malalai Joya, at only 30 years of age, has been called "the most famous woman in Afghanistan" and compared to democratic leaders such as Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi. Born in Afghanistan's remote Farah Province, she grew up in refugee camps in Iran and Pakistan before returning to Afghanistan as a social activist and a teacher at underground girls' schools during the Taliban's reign. In 2003 she was elected to Afghanistan's constitutional assembly and, two years later, was the youngest person elected to Afghanistan's new Parliament, a post from which she was suspended in 2007 for her regular denunciation of the country's warlords and their cronies in government. She has survived numerous assassination attempts since.


In May 2007, Joya was suspended from the parliament on the grounds that she had insulted fellow representatives in a television interview. Her suspension, which is currently being appealed, has generated protest internationally and appeals for her reinstatement have been signed by high profile writers, intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky, and politicians including Members of Parliament from Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. Joya has written a memoir with Canadian writer Derrick O’Keefe under the title of “Raising My Voice”. She has received numerous international awards and recognition in the media. Foreign Policy Magazine listed her among it’s “100 Top Global Thinkers”. Arguably, her most memorable quote is: “I don’t fear death, I fear remaining silent in the face of injustice.

Rhiannon Laurie spent ten months exploring "Tajikistan through interactions with one extraordinary family. Tajikistan sits at an intersection between worlds. It forms a triad of shared Persian culture with Afghanistan and Iran, yet also intermingles with the other 'stans of Central Asia and up into Russia. It shares political history and economic dependence, yet it is a country frequently forgotten or dismissed. The meaning of 'American' was thrown into sharp relief within overlapping contexts of Islam, Post-Soviet countries, development work, and the aftermath of a brutal civil war."


Ryann Martinek’s concentration is Health and Human Rights: Asia, an integrated collaboration of her passions and interests, both academic and personal. Besides Fairhaven College, Ryann has spent time at the Evergreen State College in order to pursue a year-long health focused program. Most recently, she has returned from India, where she explored community based solutions to health issues such as HIV/AIDS. In India, she primarily centered on volunteering with locally established and operating organizations in order to further discover and understand how cultural context and socioeconomics affect health care and accessibility to resources and services.


Jason Davis, a 33 year old senior currently on track to graduate with a degree concentration in Youth Services. His Adventure Learning Grant took him to Northern India and Nepal for 16 months where he explored “Narratives of Childhood: Culture, Development, and Children’s Identities in a Changing World” where he devoted his time to working with local schools, orphanages, child-care centers, grass-roots literacy projects, rural child health initiatives, and sustainable development programs.

Janae Choquette is a recent Evergreen grad (political economy and food systems) and co-chair of AGRA Watch, a campaign of the Seattle-based Community Alliance for Global Justice. Her work as an organizer varies but is grounded in the connections between social and environmental justice, committed to anti-oppression, and motivated by the basic idea that all communities and peoples have the right to self-determination. In the midst of global food, energy, climate, and financial crises, Janae believes the way forward is through working in solidarity and partnership with the communities most affected here and around the world to build grassroots movements for systemic change.


Sarah Carter is a graduate student in Social Work, hoping to work internationally on issues of community empowerment. Sarah believes passionately in a socially just world for all people, and hopes to see change in her lifetime. She is deeply interested in alternatives to top-down development processes, the rights of women in their communities, and access to food and healthcare. In the future, she plans to work to address issues of structural violence both in the United States and abroad. In her spare time, Sarah likes to write postcards and do yoga.

Jen Marlowe is a Seattle-based author/documentary filmmaker/playwright and human rights advocate. Jen began her professional life working at Seattle Children’s Theatre; from 1994-2000, she did youth theatre work in Seattle, using theatre as a platform for students to tell their stories. Jen lived and worked in Jerusalem from 2000-2004, using some of these same techniques to engage in dialogue-based conflict resolution with Palestinian and Israeli teenagers. Jen also did conflict resolution work with youth in Afghanistan, Cyprus, India, Pakistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. It was while working with youth in conflict areas when she first picked up a video camera and began to explore the idea of how film can be used, not only as a tool of dialogue, but as a tool of activism.
In 2004, with colleagues Adam Shapiro and Aisha Bain, Jen traveled to Northern Darfur and Eastern Chad to make the award-winning documentary film Darfur Diaries: Message from Home and wrote the accompanying book Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival. Jen’s second feature-length award-winning documentary is called Rebuilding Hope which follows three Sudanese-American young men on their first homecoming trip back to Sudan. Jen is also the playwright of There is a Field on issues faced by Palestinian citizens of Israel. She recently completed a short documentary film called One Family in Gaza profiling one family’s experience during and after the 2009 assault on the Gaza Strip.


Jen’s second book, called The Hour of Sunlight, is co-authored with and tells the story of Sami Al Jundi, a Palestinian man who spent ten years in Israeli prison for being involved in militant anti-occupation activities as a youth and who has spent the last two decades of his life working towards nonviolence and peaceful reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.J en is currently working on a book with Martina Correia, the sister of Troy Davis. Troy, with evidence of innocence, remains on death row after since his conviction in 1991 for the murder of a police officer. Jen’s articles about Palestine/Israel, Sudan and the death penalty can be found online at The Nation,, and

Coll Thrush, a graduate of Fairhaven College at Western Washington University and the University of Washington, Coll formerly served as historian for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in his hometown of Auburn, Washington. He is now associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he teaches Indigenous, environmental, cultural, and world history. He also serves on UBC’s research ethics board.


Coll is the author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place, which won the 2007 Washington State Book Award for History/Biography, and the article “City of the Changers: Indigenous People and the Transformation of Seattle’s Watersheds,” which was named Best Article of 2006 by the Urban History Association. He is also co-editor with anthropologist Colleen Boyd of Phantom Past, Indigenous Presence: Native Ghosts in North American History & Culture, forthcoming in early 2011 from the University of Nebraska Press, and has published on Northwest Coast topics ranging from seismology to food. He is currently working on two projects: Aboriginal London: Indigenous Histories of an Empire’s Centre, which examines urban history through the experiences of Indigenous travelers – willing or otherwise – from territories that became the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand; and a collection of essays entitled The Red Atlantic, co-edited with Cherokee literary scholar Jace Weaver.


Outside the university, Coll serves on the Labyrinth Guild at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Vancouver’s West End, is a student at the Vancouver School of Theology, and recently retired as a composer, arranger, and performer with Katari Taiko, Canada’s oldest Japanese drumming ensemble.

Cindy Sheehan Following her son’s death in Iraq, Sheehan gained national prominence in 2005 as thousands joined her protest camp outside President Bush’s vacation ranch in Texas. Now among the nation’s foremost antiwar voices, Sheehan has written books and spoken extensively to crowds of thousands. After the Democrats won control of Congress in 2006 only to continue Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sheehan broke from the Democratic Party. In 2008 she challenged then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for Congress, receiving an impressive 17% of the vote as an Independent candidate. Following speaking tours in Venezuela and Europe, Sheehan has increasingly identified capitalism as the cause of the world’s problems and democratic socialism as the alternative.

Angelina Godoy Snodgrass is Helen H. Jackson Chair in Human Rights and Director of the Center for Human Rights at the University of Washington. Since 1996, she has focused her human rights research and much of her teaching on Central America. In recent years, she has conducted research on trade agreements (CAFTA's intellectual property provisions and their impact on access to medicines, see; labor rights (apparel sweatshops and their connections to US corporations and the University of Washington, see; and fair trade, especially in coffee (

At present, she is beginning a project harnessing scientific knowhow from the University of Washington to analyze and document the specific factors that have made the communities of Ocos, Guatemala, so vulnerable to devastation from tropical storms, aiming to equip them with the evidence they need to defend their right to water


Professor Godoy teaches human rights study abroad programs in Guatemala every year. For information about one of these courses, please see

These study abroad experiences resulted in the creation of the UW Guatemala Project in 2005, a project Prof. Godoy administers with partners at the Movimiento de Trabajadores Campesinos, a landless workers' rights organization. The UWGP has raised funds to support over $60,000 in scholarships for the young people who work on coffee plantations in San Marcos, Guatemala. For more about the UWGP, please see


Professor Godoy holds a BA in Sociology from Harvard University and MA and PhD degrees in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jeff P. Robinson, Criminal Defense Lawyer at Schroeter Goldmark and Bender who has been widely successful defending those charged with or investigated for crimes in state and federal court as well as representing plaintiffs in civil cases. Mr. Robinson earned his J.D. in 1981 from Harvard Law School. He served as a Seattle-King County Public Defender and Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington before joining Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender in 1988. Mr. Robinson
has taught trial advocacy at the National Institute for Trail Advocacy (“NITA”) and at the UW Law School for 20 years. He is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College (“NCDC”) in Georgia.
Mr. Robinson has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since the 1993-1994 edition, was chosen as King County Bar Association “Lawyer of the Year” in 2003, and was selected by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “Top 100 Black Lawyers in America” in November 2003. He is a member and past president of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“WACDL”) and the 2004 winner of William O. Douglas Award, the highest award presented by WACDL. Mr. Robinson was elected Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (“ACTL”) in 2004. He was selected as a member of the John Adams Project, a small group of lawyers chosen by the ACLU and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to help in the representation of one of the “High Value Detainees” held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station and charged with capital murder for alleged assistance in the 9-11 attacks in New York City. Mr. Robinson is the co-winner of the 2009 Washington State ACLU Civil Libertarian Award.

K. Dian Kriz is Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Brown University. She obtained a B. S. in Chemistry with distinction from Indiana University in 1966. She worked for Chemical Abstracts and co-published an article with Prof. George Kriz (WWU)) in the Journal of Chemical Education before pursuing studies in art history. In 1981 she received her BA in art history from Western Washington University. She was awarded her MA in Art History from the University of British Columbia in 1984, and her PhD from UBC in May 1991, joining Brown’s faculty in September of that year. She is the author of The Idea of the English Landscape Painter: Genius as Alibi in the Early Nineteenth Century (Yale, 1997) and co-editor (with Geoff Quilley) of An Economy of Colour: Visual Culture and the Atlantic World, 1660-1830 (Manchester, 2003). In 2008 she published Slavery, Sugar and the Culture of Refinement: Picturing the British West Indies, 1700-1840 (Yale University Press), which was awarded the prize for best book on art after 1800, by the Historians of British Art in 2010 and was chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 by Choice Magazine. Among the fellowships she has are NEH and Mellon Fellowships at the Huntington Library, a senior fellowship at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and a fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art. At Brown she has offered courses ranging from the art of the French Revolution, to the visual exchange between East Asia and Western Europe, to the visual culture of the Atlantic world in the eighteenth century.

Erdenetuya (Tuya) Erdenebaatar, a Fulbright Scholar from Mongolia is a lecturer at the National University of Mongolia. She teaches courses on TESOL and English language. Currently, she is a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Western Washington University and teaching Mongolian language and culture. Holding her degrees in Language teaching and Cultural studies, she has always been interested in travelling around the world and learning more about different cultures and languages as well as comparing different mentalities of the people.

: Dexter B. Gordon, is one of the most searing public intellectual voices championing racial justice, Dexter Gordon brings together his years of experience as an educator, preacher, scholar, and community advocate to promote his vision of comprehensive community development grounded in equality and justice for all. Described by his colleague Professor Grace Livingston as “a radical communitarian public intellectual” Dexter Gordon writes, speaks, teaches, works, and lives for social justice. Currently the chair of “The Conversation” ( which is in its sixth year, Dexter Gordon holds the title of Distinguished Professor at the University of Puget Sound where he teaches rhetoric, media, culture, and African American studies. He heads up the university’s African American Studies Program as well as its Race and Pedagogy Initiative An outstanding, seasoned teacher, trainer, keynote speaker, author, and leader Professor Gordon has more than 30 years of experience in the area of teaching, community development, and leadership. One of his colleagues (Callista Brown, a professor at Pacific Lutheran University) observes that, Dr. Gordon approaches leadership as an art form, balancing imagination and structure, steadiness and energy, common sense and uncommon commitment. He is always working with other leaders – and he is always growing new leaders.” One of Dexter Gordon’s colleagues (at the University of Puget Sound) praises his “stellar contributions to the campus and national communities through his teaching, scholarship, and leadership” and notes that “his ability to accomplish tasks he sets for himself and others is awe-inspiring.” In the last five years alone Dexter Gordon has been instrumental in the founding and leadership of organizations, focusing on social justice, civil rights, aid and development, and educational excellence and justice. These include The Conversation, the Tacoma Civil Rights Project, Yard Project, and the Race and Pedagogy Initiative; all this, alongside his work of leading the development of the African American Studies Program at Puget Sound. Most recently, October 28, 2010, he chaired the second quadrennial Race and Pedagogy National Conference on the campus of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Gordon holds a BA in Theology, (Jamaica Theological Seminary) and MA in Communication Ethics, (Wheaton College), and a Ph. D in Rhetoric and Culture (Indiana University).





Fairhaven College is grateful to our valued co-sponsors for the Spring 2011 World Issues Forum:

Anthropology, Art, Candian American Studies, Communication, Political Science, Women's Studies, Center for Law, Diversity & Justice, Socialist Alternative, Veterans for Peace, Voices for Middle East Peace, Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, Whatcom Human Rights Task Force and Mark Lehmann.



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