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Great Decisions

Great Decisions Lecture Series

Great Decisions Lecture SeriesThe perennially popular Great Decisions lecture series returns! Each year, the Great Decisions program brings citizens together for lectures and small-group discussion to share ideas and opinions on the issues affecting our global future. Read More ››

Young Professionals

YP C.U.L.T.: Identidad Desaparecida Exhibit by Silvia Levenson

Join the YPs at Bullseye Projects for a private viewing of Silvia Levenson's international touring exhibition, Identidad Desaparecida. Drinks and discussion to follow. Read More ››

International Speaker Series

Rick Steves: Travel as a Political Act

Rick Steves: Travel as a Political ActSteves explores 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. Read More ››

Teach the World

Youth Forum: Tend The World

Youth Forum: Tend The WorldThis year we will explore the global link between the environment and social justice, offering workshops, resources, an action fair and networking opportunities for high school students. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon

Manuel PadillaIn this free community conversation, Manuel Padilla, asks Oregonians to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration in an era of global displacement. Read More ››

Recent News

International Visitors
Wed, 02/15/2017

Student and Educator Applications Now Open For 2017 Youth Exchanges

Youth AmbassadorsApplications are now open for the 2017 Youth Ambassadors Program to South America and Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. Travel the world, change the world! Read More ››

Cultural Visitors
Thu, 02/09/2017 - 2:00pm

Oregon High School Students: Sign Up for the Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program Today!

DYLEPIn partnership with World Learning, the World Affairs Council is recruiting Oregon high school students for the 2017 Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program (DYLEP), an online exchange program for teens in Iraq and the United States. Read More ››

Volunteer and Careers
Thu, 01/19/2017

Volunteer Opportunities in 2017 - Serve, Learn, Connect!

Volunteer Opportunities in 2017 - Serve, Learn, Connect!Get involved with your local/global community this year. Use your skills to further our mission, open your home or business to international visitors, and more! Read More ››

International Visitors
Tue, 11/01/2016 - 1:30pm

World Affairs Council of Oregon Selected as City Hub for Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Obama at YLAIThis fall the World Affairs Council is pleased to host the U.S. Department of State’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Professional Fellows Program (YLAI). 14 young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean will visit Portland from October 8 to November 7 for professional fellowships with local businesses and nonprofits. Read More ››

Board and Staff
Tue, 07/12/2016 - 9:45am

Welcoming Ila Asplund to the World Affairs Council Team

ila asplundWe are excited to welcome our new Director of Marketing & Communications, Ila Asplund. Ila is the founder of Half Sky Journeys—a relationship-focused travel organization, designed to boost the impact of women-centric initiatives worldwide. Here's what she had to say about the global women's conference she attended this summer. Read More ››



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