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Lawyer Patricia Paul Will Lecture in Bhutan on Transformative Cultures

Patricia Paul, chairwoman-elect of the Washington state Bar Association’s Civil Rights Law Section, will visit Bhutan for two weeks to lecture on the topic of transformative cultures.

Paul, Inupiat, is married to Swinomish artist Kevin Paul, who serves on the Swinomish Senate. Paul is also chairwoman-elect of the bar’s World Peace Through Law Section, and in December will make a presentation to the section on the Kingdom of Bhutan and “Gross National Happiness and Effective Justice.”

Paul leaves for Bhutan on November 2 and returns November 20. She will lecture in the capital city of Thimphu, at the Royal Academy of the Performing Arts. While there, she will reunite with her friend, Margrit Elliot of the Global Burn Care and Reconstructive Institute, which takes medical teams to Bhutan to assist burn victims.

In July 2012, Paul will be co-convenor at the 54th International Congress of Americanists in Vienna. The theme of the congress is “Building Dialogues in the Americas.”

In Vienna, Paul will present the paper she is presenting in Bhutan. She will be joined by her daughter, Katherine, who will present a paper on the Lushootseed language, based on her research for her undergraduate thesis at Lewis & Clark College.