World issues Forum

Shirley Osterhaus, Coordinator of World Issues Forum; Senior Instructor, Fairhaven College

June 1, Noon-1:20pm, Fairhaven College Auditorium

What does it mean to have solidarity with people oppressed and marginalized by government policies that separate, suppress or cause suffering? Drawing on many years of human rights activism, Shirley will share interconnections among solidarity movements she has been deeply involved with: from the Sanctuary movement with Central American political refugees during the 1980s, to No More Deaths on the U.S.-Mexico border and campaigns for Palestinian rights today. Commonalities of resistance and resilience, courage and nonviolence, signal effective strategies for the many challenges we face today.

Shirley Osterhaus is a Senior Instructor at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies and for the past 15 years, Coordinator for the World Issues Forum. An educator, organizer and activist, Shirley has been involved in solidarity and human rights education and work for the greater part of her life Having lived in Bellingham for over 30 years, she was one of the co-founders of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, the Central American Refugee Assistance (CARA), Bellingham-El Salvador Sister City Organization (BESSO), and for the past 16 years, she volunteered with the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival. Her travels have taken her to conflict areas of the world, ie Central America, Palestine and South Africa to better understand the reality of people on the ground. With students, she has traveled to India, Thailand, the Tibetan Plateau, Peru and the U.S./MX borderlands.

Shirley will be retiring from her teaching and work at Fairhaven College in June 2016 and, with leisure, continue to pursue her passion with human rights concerns, solidarity, travel, gardening and the great outdoors.

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The World Issues Forum of Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies is dedicated to providing thought provoking educational opportunities to the campus and Bellingham community that support an informed and engaged global citizenry.

The World Issues Forum occurs weekly during each Academic quarter on Wednesdays.

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