The mission of the World Issue Forum is best stated as a series of questions drawn from its course description: “What do we, as engaged citizens, know and understand about global issues and ourselves in a world faced with the complex issues of growing economic disparities, fragile democracies, environmental degradation, wars on terrorism, homeland security, civil liberties, military expenditures, racial profiling, globalization, and ethnic/religious conflicts? What is our awareness of and participation in local and global efforts for peace and justice?” The two-credit class is based on attending the World Issue Forums as well as researching and discussing the issues presented in the forums.

Here’s a schedule of upcoming Forums. They always start at noon and run until about 1:30 p.m. They’re free and open to the public, not just Fairhaven students. You can find them in the Fairhaven auditorium, on the third floor of the complex.

January 25: “Africa in World Politics” with Toyin Falola, a professor visiting from the University of Texas at Austin, who will address arguments regarding Africa’s marginalized role in world politics. In addition, Falola will speak as a part of the Human Security Lecture Series from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, January 25 in Communications Facility 125 on “Globalization and World Politics.”

February 1: “Let’s Talk Economics” with Pavithra Narayanan, an Assistant Professor of English, Women’s Studies, Film Theory and Production at Washington State University, Vancouver. Narayanan will explore the aftermath of the Bhopal chemical disaster in 1984. Narayanan is also scheduled to appear as a part of the Human Security Lecture Series: “The Price of Peace.” Looking at Manipur, a state in North East India, she’ll explore the feasibility of lasting peace.

February 8: “Taming Incontractable Conflicts: Challenges for International Mediation” with Fen O. Hampson, Professor of International Affairs and director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. This speaker is also scheduled to appear as a part of the Human Security Lecture Series with “Standing Realism on its Head: Approaching International Affairs from a Human Security Perspective,” again from 4 to 5 p.m. in Communications Facility 125.

February 15: “The Media War and the Middle East” with John Sinno, owner and operator of Arab Film Distribution in Seattle.
February 22: “Borders: Capitol and Labor in, People Out” with Carole Nagengast, professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. In the afternoon, as part of the Human Security Lecture Series, she’ll present a talk on “Women’s Human Rights and Cultural Relativity.”