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Past Council Events | 2012

International Speaker Series (2012)

The Question of Afghanistan

Sima Samar

The Question of AfghanistanAfghan human rights pioneer and Nobel Peace prize nominee Sima Samar has spent her life breaking barriers. The first Hazara woman to obtain a medical degree from Kabul University and an outspoken advocate for women’s rights, Dr. Samar was Deputy President of Afghanistan and the country’s first Minister for Women's Affairs. Read More ››

International Visitors (2012)

International Visitor Mixer

International Visitor MixerIn partnership with the World Affairs Council of Oregon's Young Professionals we invite you to come and mix and mingle with a diverse group of English teachers and professors from around the world! Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2012)

Inside the American Mind

David Brooks

Acclaimed New York Times columnist and NPR commentator David Brooks (a self-professed “New York conservative”) is one of our shrewdest analysts of politics and culture. A protégé of William F. Buckley, Brooks has written for the National Review, Atlantic Monthly, and Wall Street Journal, among many others. Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2012)

Economics, Ethics & Justice

Amartya Sen

Named as one of Time Magazine’s "100 most influential persons in the world," Amartya Sen won the 1998 Nobel Prize for Economics for his work on famine, human development theory, and welfare economics. Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2012)

Politics and Principles

Jim Lehrer

For more than three decades, Jim Lehrer has been one of the most respected voices in broadcast news—lauded as an “island of sanity in the madness of television news” by the American Journalism Review. Lehrer is uniquely qualified to set the stage for our examination of American politics and global engagement. Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2000–2001)

Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev

Donate Now! Your contribution of $13.75 buys a whole lot of Global Literacy!

Donate Now! Your contribution of $13.75 buys a whole lot of Global Literacy! Last year scholarship donations from World Affairs Council supporters enabled us to provide discounted tickets to the International Speaker Series for 768 kids. This year our goal is 1,000 tickets for Oregon school kids! Please help us meet this challenge. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Norsk by Northwest: Directions for Climate Action Globally and Locally


Norsk by Northwest: Directions for Climate Action Globally and LocallyJoin us for a roundtable discussion, moderated by His Excellency Wegger Chr. Strommen, Norwegian Ambassador to the U.S., exploring current forecasts and innovations around climate action and carbon policy in the Northwest and Norway. Read More ››

Young Professionals

Holiday Cheer: International Development Showcase

Holiday Cheer: International Development ShowcaseJoin the YPs for holiday cheer and celebrate Oregon’s vibrant community of international development nonprofits, including Zimbabwe Artist Project, Green Empowerment, Africa Bridge, The Northwest Fair Trade Coalition, and Vibrant Villages, and more. Read More ››

Teach the World

Teach Latin America - Youth Forum

Teach Latin America - Youth ForumDuring the day, 10 member student delegations will be able to immerse themselves in the cultures of The Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America and learn “Why Latin America Matters." FREE for students and teachers, sign up today! Read More ››

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