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World Affairs Council of Oregon - International Speaker Series


The International Speaker Series began in 2000 in celebration of the World Affairs Council of Oregon’s 50th anniversary. Speakers have included Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Condoleezza Rice, Vicente Fox, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Madeleine Albright, Desmond Tutu, Sandra Day O’Connor, Bono, and Bill Moyers, among many others. Since its inception, the Series has become the nation’s premier speaker series presenting the people, ideas, and issues shaping our global future.


Wednesday, March 1, Rick Steves will speak on "Travel As A Political Act."

Over the past 20 years, Rick Steves, popular public television host and best-selling author, has helped everyday explorers discover the rich and powerful ways that travel broadens our perspectives and shapes our worldviews on social reform, the role of government, and America's place in the world. Made possible in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting.


Thursday, April 6, Tawakkol Karman—Yemeni Human Rights Activist and Nobel Peace Laureate—will speak on "Freedom and Democracy in the Middle East."

In 2011, at the age of 32, Tawakkol Karman became the youngest person and the first Arab woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Known as “The Mother of the Revolution” and the “Iron Woman” in her native Yemen, she has been at the forefront of the struggle for human rights and women’s participation in peacebuilding for years.


Thursday, May 4, journalist and civil rights activist Shaun King will speak on "The New Civil Rights and Global Justice."

New York Daily News journalist Shaun King is one of the rising go-to voices for crucial conversations around social justice, race, and inequality. In his columns and through social media, King has become a powerful force in shaping how the world knows about those most affected by racism and injustice.



Tuesday, June 6, journalists and authors Deborah and James Fallows will speak together on "Understanding China."

Author and linguist Deborah Fallows has spent many years absorbing the culture, politics, and people of China, offering readers and audiences a vivid picture of the enormity of Chinese life through language. James Fallows is an award-winning correspondent for The Atlantic and has written extensively on the economic and political transformations occurring in China, as well as the crisis facing contemporary news media.

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Tue 6/6/17 7:00 PM

Deborah and James Fallows

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