Past Council Events
Mr. Maung Maung Win from Burma came to Oregon in 2003 on a program focused on Grassroots Organization for Community Education. 10 years later, Mr. Win returns to Portland to share his story on the impact of the International Visitor Leadership Program on his life and career. Please join us to welcome Mr. Win and to hear he story first hand.
Teachers, let your students show what they know at the tenth annual WorldQuest Global Knowledge Competition for High Schools. This challenging and fun program is sure to add energy to the classroom, while helping to meet state standards and advance critical learning, in history, culture, international affairs, and current events!
How has NATO’s agenda evolved since its inception during the cold war? With its military commitment in Afghanistan winding down and a recent successful campaign in Libya, what are the Alliance’s present-day security challenges?
As Serbia works towards its accession bid to the European Union, its human rights protections for the LGBTQ population have come into focus as a dark spot on the transitioning country. Today’s brown bag lunch discussion features key leaders from the LGBTQ movement in Serbia.
In Counterstrike, Eric Schmitt tells the story of how a group of analysts within the military, at spy agencies, and in law enforcement fashioned an innovative and effective new strategy to fight terrorism, unbeknownst to most Americans and in sharp contrast to the U.S. government’s above-ground, public “war on terror.”
What interests govern China’s engagement in Africa? Should China’s growing emphasis on political ties and natural resource extraction inform U.S. relations with African nations?
Suspicion and a troubled history have blighted U.S.-Iranian relations for three decades. How can the United States and Iran move forward? Is the existence of Iran’s nuclear program an insurmountable obstacle?
Ibrahim El-Husseini’s Comedy of Sorrows (Commedia Al-Ahzaan), newly translated by Mohammed Albakry and Rebekah Maggor, is one of the first theatrical responses to the Egyptian revolution of January 25th, 2011. Reading to be followed by a discussion of the play, the Egyptian revolution, and Egypt’s prospects for democracy going forward.