Cultural Identity – Ethnic Conflict

Join NWLA for the latest in our Fireside Chat Series:
“Cultural Identity – Ethnic Conflict”
With Dr. Michael Seraphinoff and Peter Lippman

Wednesday April 11th,  2012, 7-9 PM
At the NWLA Cultural Center, Langley, Whidbey Island

Humanity’s lack of understanding of and value for diversity is deadening our ability to regenerate vital social, ecological, and spiritual systems.  NWLA’s new series, “Fireside Chats” is a forum on a human scale to engage around socially important issues central to our mission of helping people develop the capacity to thrive in a global community.  Join us around the fireplace in the intimate, relaxed surroundings of the Cultural Center’s large sitting room, and engage with renowned international speakers, researchers, journalists, and travelers.

Dr. Michael Seraphinoff and Peter Lippman will lead a “Fireside Chat” on the topic of “Cultural Identity—Ethnic Conflict” on April 11th, 2012 in conjunction with  NWLA’s April 14th Meet Macedonia Cultural Event. Searphinoff and Lippman will each give a presentation and lead a panel discussion and  question and answer session. A donation of $25-$15 is suggested at the door.

Seraphinoff and Lippman will discuss Balkan identity politics and their effect on cultural life, with a focus on Macedonia and Bosnia, the Balkan Conflict, and the ramifications of a lost “Yugoslav” identity.

Dr. Seraphinoff studied anthropology and archaeology at Michigan State University in the mid-60s, graduating with a teaching degree in 1974. He started a master’s degree at the University of Washington in 1985; earning a doctorate in south Slavic languages and literature in 1993. He was a college professor for a number of years.  Michael is an organic farmer/gardener on Whidbey Island, he and his wife Susan’s home for some 30 years, and academic examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization in Cardiff, Wales, where he has also served as an academic standards advisor. He has authored several books and translated a number of others. For more information, visit his website at

Peter Lippman holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington’s Jackson School . During the war in Bosnia he organized a grassroots community group to sponsor a family of Bosnian Muslim refugees in Seattle, and afterwards lived in Bosnia for two years and did various jobs: translating for a media organization, volunteering with a relief agency, and eventually doing research on grassroots human rights campaigns and writing about them for the Advocacy Project. He has traveled & lived in Bosnia numerous times since.. He’s still writing. See his work at

The event will be held at the NWLA Cultural Center in Langley, on Whidbey Island.  Overnight accommodations are available in the Cultural Center’s luxurious Guesthouse.

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