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Past Council Events | 2011

International Speaker Series (2011)

Revolution in the Middle East: What Next?

Nicholas D. Kristof

Revolution in the Middle East: What Next?A veteran foreign correspondent, Kristof studied Arabic in Cairo and Chinese in Taipei and has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries. Recently returned from reporting in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, Bahrain and the West Bank, Kristof brings first-hand perspective to this timely topic. Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2011)

Out of Time: Fixing the Global Financial Mess Before It’s Too Late

Paul Volcker

Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Carter and Reagan and the main architect of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Plan, Paul Volcker is one of the most highly respected economic and financial thinkers of our generation. Volcker presents a take-no-prisoners assessment of our financial system. Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2011)

Soil Not Oil: Climate Change, Peak Oil, and Food Justice

Vandana Shiva

One of India’s leading physicists, Dr. Vandana Shiva is also a prolific author, world-renowned environmental activist, and eco-feminist whose work focuses on the fundamental connection between human rights and protection of the natural world. Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2011)

Afghanistan and Beyond: The Future of American Security

General Stanley McChrystal

Afghanistan and Beyond: The Future of American SecurityCalled “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, General McChrystal headed the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Architect of the “surge” in Afghanistan, McChrystal speaks with rare candor about challenges to American security overseas and at home. Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2000–2001)

Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev
Teach the World

Teach East Asia Youth Forum

Teach East Asia Youth ForumThis Youth Forum opened with a keynote panel of PSU students from countries in East Asia and continued with breakout sessions representing the ancient and magnificent cultures of China, Japan, and Korea. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Wine Wars: Is the Glass Half-full or Half-empty?

Mike Veseth

Who hasn’t found themselves in the wine aisle confounded by a confusing “embarrassment of riches”—with wines from every corner of the globe? Mike Veseth, Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound, uncorks a conversation on the major forces that are redrawing the world wine map Read More ››

International Visitors

International Visitor Mixer

Join us for a complimentary glass of wine and light hors d'oeuvres while mingling with women leaders from Burma, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and East Timor who will be in Oregon on a program focused on Women in Public Service. Read More ››

Young Professionals

Report from Cape Town- An evening of dinner, drinks & discussion on sustainability in South Africa

Join the World Affairs Council of Oregon's Young Professionals at Horn of Africa Restaurant for an evening of food and drinks and an inside, on-the-ground look at sustainability issues in South Africa Read More ››


WorldQuest for Grownups Returns for 2011

Join us for a raucous evening of food, drink, far-out costumes and international trivia. The WorldQuest Global Knowledge competition for grownups is the party of the year! Teams of eight show off their knowledge of global trivia on topics ranging from World Culture to People in the News, World History and Geography. Read More ››

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