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Headline and Cultural Forums

Headline and Cultural Forums

Headline Forum Lectures

What in the World? The Council’s monthly Headline Forum brings expert authorities with firsthand knowledge of hot spots and topics around the world to Portland. Headline Forums give you access to some of the globe’s most insightful, leading diplomatic and political officials, policy makers, authors, journalists, and academics. Whether a more formal luncheon, informal brown-bag, or evening event with cocktails, these candid public forums are excellent opportunities to learn about the pressing foreign affairs of the day.

Cultural Events

Beyond the world of politics and policy, Cultural Forums are your passport to exciting international sights, sounds, and sensations. Connect with global culture through programs on everything from international wine and beer and chocolates, to community service projects and heritage festivals to dance, music, theater and visual art.

Recent Headline and Cultural Forums News

Headline and Cultural Forums
Fri, 02/14/2014

Senator Ron Wyden to kick off Senator Wayne Morse Legacy Series

How do we ensure that both liberty and security are protected in this age of enhanced surveillance? U.S. SENATOR RON WYDEN discusses the tension between civil liberties and national security and how we can preserve liberty and security. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums
Thu, 07/18/2013 - 1:00pm

What's Next For Egypt? Missed the event? Watch the video!

On Friday, July 12, Dr. Thomas Bartlett, former President of the American University in Cairo, delivered a riveting talk on events unfolding in Egypt. Watch the video. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums
Wed, 02/13/2013 - 9:15am

Trita Parsi: Obama & Iran-Between War, Sanctions and Diplomacy

If you missed Trita Parsi's excellent talk on September 11in Portland - check out the video Read More ››

Upcoming Headline and Cultural Forums Events

Headline and Cultural Forums

Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen: An Extraordinary Tale of Love, Loss, and Survival in Congo

Lisa Shannon

Join us for a moving discussion with International human rights activist Lisa Shannon about her new book "Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen," her experience in the Congo, and how she confronted her limitations as an activist and reconciled her vision of what it means to affect meaningful change in the lives of others. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Can We Ever Move Past Racism?

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri

Can We Ever Move Past Racism?Kambiz GhaneaBassiri explores whether in a society where social, political and economic interests have long been closely tied to race, it possible to not only to envision a post-racist America but to make manifest that promise? Read More ››

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Film: On the Way to School

Film: On the Way to SchoolPascale Plisson’s breathtaking César-winning documentary explores the arduous journeys that four young people from four corners of the globe face as part of their daily trek to school. Read More ››

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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon?: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World

Yong Zhao

Join us for this engaging and provocative look inside the Chinese school system with award-winning writer Yong Zhao. Is this really our "Sputnik Moment...and is this the path that U.S. schools should be headed? Read More ››