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Past Council Events | 2013

International Speaker Series (2013)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Environmental Summit

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Inspiration for the Global EnvironmentHis Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet has long been a central figure in global initiatives to promote peace, compassion and environmental stewardship among all nationalities and religions. Hosted by Maitripa College Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2013)

Avoiding Climate Catastrophe: Putting Science Before Politics

Dr. James E. Hansen

Avoiding Climate Catastrophe: Putting Science Before PoliticsNamed one of Foreign Policy's 100 Top Global Thinkers in 2012, legendary climate scientist James E. Hansen, the maverick former head of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space, was the first to issue the clearest warning of about the dangers of global warming. Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2013)

Revolution and the New Middle East

Mona Eltahawy

Revolution and the New Middle EastThe Arab Spring two years later: What does the road ahead for reform look like? Cited as one of “150 Women Who Shake The World,” by Newsweek, Egyptian-born Mona Eltahawy is an activist and award-winning columnist-commentator (for Reuters, the Washington Post, the Guardian, PBS Frontline, CNN, and others). Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2013)

Eye of the Storm: Financial Crisis and the Future of Europe

George Papandreou

Financial Crisis and the Future of EuropeOne of Foreign Policy magazine's "Top 100 Global Thinkers," Papandreou gives a close-up picture of the state of the Eurozone today and the future of the European Union. Read More ››

Programs

Holiday Gathering with International Visitors

The Benson HotelCelebrate the holidays and join us for an end-of-the-year gathering. Enjoy refreshments, conversation with World Affairs Council of Oregon members, meet an exciting group of Foreign Service Professionals hosted by our International Visitor Program, and celebrate global good cheer with the music of the Al Andalus Ensemble. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Mary Christina Wood: Nature's Trust, Climate Change & The Law

Mary Christina Wood

Mary Christina Wood: Nature's Trust, Climate Change & The LawMary Christina Wood explores new approaches to global climate change policy that would hold governments morally accountable to protect our natural resources on behalf of the beneficiaries—the citizens of today and tomorrow. Read More ››

Education

Africa Rising: Teach Africa Youth Forum

Africa RisingOn December 2, educators and middle and high school students from across the region will immerse themselves in the cultures of the African continent and learn the true meaning of the expression 'Africa Rising'. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Yaroslava Pulinovich's The Natasha Plays: I Won & Natasha’s Dream

Yaroslava Pulinovich's The Natasha Plays: I Won & Natasha’s DreamExperience an evening of contemporary Russian theater in translation by a vibrant and incisive voice from Russia’s dynamic New Drama movement: acclaimed young Russian playwright Yaroslava Pulinovich. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Coffee-nomics

Coffee-nomicsNearly 100 million people around the world depend on coffee for their livelihood, including Portland. Join writer Hanna Neuschwander (Left Coast Roast) for a percolating conversation with Portland Roasting Company’s Mark Stell and David Griswold of Sustainable Harvest about how Portland’s thirst for coffee connects us to the world. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Lester Brown: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

Lester BrownOne of the pioneering figures of the environmental movement, Lester Brown explores overarching global environmental policy and the increasingly volatile food situation the world is facing. Read More ››



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