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The International Speaker Series

The International Speaker Series
The much-anticipated 2014 International Speakers Series lineup will be announced on February 15.

Announcing the 2016 International Speaker Series!

With the 2016 elections approaching, the Middle East simmering with turmoil, economic growth at odds with climate action, and cultural, class, and sectarian polarization on the rise, what are the major opportunities, crises, and directions the U.S. needs to consider on the world stage?

Join us for the World Affairs Council of Oregon’s 2016 International Speaker Series—“Which Way Ahead?” —a look at the horizon of major global ideas and issues with a slate of some of the most vibrant thinkers, writers, and doers of today. The series commences with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Thomas L. Friedman (February 29), followed by author and commentator Reza Aslan (April 1), TIME columnist Rana Foroohar (May 19), and concludes with environmental activist Bill McKibben (June 16).


Tickets are now being sold exclusively through TicketsWest/Portland5. Please visit their website here or call at (800) 273-1530 to purchase your tickets for Bill McKibben's lecture held June 16th, 2016.


The 2016 International Speaker Line-up:

Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times;
That Used to Be Us
“The Middle East: An Update on Changing Events”
Monday, February 29, 7:00 PM at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway

Reza Aslan, Professor of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside; Author, Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization
“Fear, Inc.: Confronting Islamophobia”

Friday, April 1 7:00 PM at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway

Rana Foroohar, TIME Columnist, The Curious Capitalist
“Makers and Takers and the Future of the Global Economy”
Thursday, May 19 7:00 PM at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway

Bill McKibben, Environmental Activist and Founder of
"Climate Futures: Beyond Paris"
Thursday, June 16 7:00 PM at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway

The World Affairs Council of Oregon’s annual International Speaker Series began in 2000 to celebrate the Council’s 50th Anniversary. Since its inception, the Series has become the nation’s premier speaker series for international affairs and public education, presenting the people, ideas, and issues shaping our global future.

Each year, the Series brings prominent international leaders and experts in international affairs to Oregon, including Madeleine Albright, Jane Goodall, Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton, Sandra Day O’Connor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bono, Bill Moyers, and many more.

Members of the Media: Please contact the World Affairs Council of Oregon offices to be added to a press list for Series’ events. Press passes can be requested by phone (503) 306-5252 or online.


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