Start: 5:30 pm
End: 6:30 pm
Are you a writer in search of a writing group? Village Books is hosting a poetry writing group on the mezzanine level of the store near the poetry section & Book Fare Cafe. Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals. This group is open to newcomers and drop-ins and will meet the first Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30pm.
WESTERN READS PANEL DISCUSSION: BIOETHICS, RACE AND GENDER IN THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS BY REBECCA SKLOOT
Start: 7:00 pm
We are delighted to bring you an exciting group of panelists, all of whom have expertise in science, bio-ethics, race and/or gender studies and bring experience in the medical field, university research, community and public health, and/or law. Each panelist will respond to the scientific, bio-ethical, race and/or gender issues raised by Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (as it relates to their disciplinary perspective), and will then talk more broadly about other scientific, bio-ethical, race and/or gender studies topics that may be relevant to our community, the Northwest, the nation, and beyond. A Q & A will follow. The author is NOT attending. Featured panelists include Raquel Montoya-Lewis, WWU Faculty, Fairhaven Law, Diversity & Justice Program, Chief Judge for the Nooksack Indian Tribe; Joann Otto, WWU Faculty, Cellular and Molecular Biologist; Hilary Schwandt, WWU Faculty, Fairhaven, Women's Health, former Technical Advisor for Communication Programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Vincent E. Foster, Ph.D., CEAP, Director/Psychologist Health Promotion Northwest/EAP, a service of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center; and Steve Howie, WWU Journalism Department. Discussion will be moderated by Dawn Dietrich, English Faculty, Director of Western Reads. This panel will be conducted from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at WWU in Academic Instruction West (room to be announced) as well as at Village Books from 7:00-8:30 p.m. About the panelists: Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Law, Diversity & Justice Program, WWU, Chief Judge, Nooksack Indian Tribe The Honorable Montoya-Lewis combines judicial and academic careers by serving as Chief Judge for the Nooksack Indian Tribe & the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe and as an Associate Professor of Law at Fairhaven College, WWU. She also serves as an appellate judge for the Nisqually Tribe and the Northwest Intertribal Court System. She presents nationally on engaging families & youth in dependency & juvenile court, Indian Child Welfare compliance and tribal trial and appellate court practice. She writes on tribal court practice, Indian child welfare law, and cultural identity. At WWU, she teaches on cultural and ethnic identity and law related courses. She serves on the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice and the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, advising Congress and the President on juvenile justice policy. She holds Juris Doctorate and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Washington and is from the Pueblos of Isleta and Laguna, two federally recognized tribes in New Mexico. Joann Otto, Biology, WWU Dr. Otto received her Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from University of California, Irvine, and did postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania and Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to joining WWU, she was a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University. Her research interests are in cell motility. She teaches courses in cell and molecular biology. Hilary Schwandt, Women's Health, WWU Dr. Schwandt earned her master¹s and doctoral degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs she was the technical monitoring and evaluation advisor for projects in Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zambia. She joined the faculty at Fairhaven in Fall 2012. Her main areas of research are gender and reproductive health. Vincent E. Foster, Health Promotion Northwest/EAP, PeaceHealth Dr. Foster is a clinical psychologist and director of the PeaceHealth's EAP. In addition to his work at PeaceHealth, Dr. Foster provides clinical services for in-patient hospitals, outpatient private and public child and family mental health clinics, and in college and university clinics. He has been the external consultant to the Bellingham Vet Center for the past twelve years and volunteers as a mental health provider for the American Red Cross. He holds specialty certifications in chemical dependency assessment and treatment, assessment and treatment of psychological trauma, and employee assistance. Steve Howie, Journalism, WWU Mr. Howie teaches courses in news writing, feature writing, digital storytelling and editing and serves as the faculty adviser for Klipsun magazine. His research and writing focus on Civil Rights, justice and equality, and masculinity and gender identity. In 2000, Mammoth Books published his nonfiction book, The Bluffton Charge: One Preacher's Struggle for Civil Rights, documenting his parents involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in the low country of South Carolina in the mid-50s. Moderator – Dawn Dietrich, English, WWU Dr. Dietrich received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and taught at the Johannes Gutenberg Univeristät in Mainz, Germany. Dawn specializes in cinema, media studies, and literature and technology. Dietrich is in her inaugural year as Director for the Western Reads program.