Past International Speaker Series Events
The International Speakers Series was initiated in 2000 to celebrate the World Affairs Council of Oregon’s 50th anniversary. Since its inception, the Series has become the nation’s premier speaker series focusing on the most pressing global topics of our time. Each year, the Series brings prominent international leaders to Portland, including Madeleine Albright, Jane Goodall, Thomas Friedman, Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton, Sandra Day O’Connor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Condoleezza Rice, Bono, and many more.
George Papandreou, Mona Eltahawy, James Hansen, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Jim Lehrer, Amartya Sen, David Brooks, Sima Samar
General Stanley McChrystal, Vandana Shiva, Paul Volcker, Nicholas D. Kristof
Karl Rove and Howard Dean, Joseph Stiglitz, President Pervez Musharraf, Mark Hixon
Paul Krugman, Fareed Zakaria, David Suzuki, Laurie Garrett
President Vincente Fox, President Kim Dae-jung, Sergei Khrushchev, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
President Bill Clinton, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Hafez Al-Mirazi, Sheri Xiaoyi Liao
Dan Rather, Wangari Maathai, Shirin Ebadi
Condoleeza Rice, Bono, William McDonough, Jose Maria Aznar, Zbigniew Brzezinski
Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabeel Shaath, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, Fareed Zakaria
Secretary General Amre Moussa, President Ernesto Zedillo, Senator George Mitchell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Jane Goodall, Thomas Friedman
President Mikhail Gorbachev, Queen Noor of Jordan, Robert Reich, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Your series subscription does more than get you access to some of the world’s foremost experts on international affairs. For each subscription you purchase, a large portion of the proceeds goes to support the various programs that are integral to the Council’s mission of connecting Oregonians to the world. Your series subscription dollars have a direct local impact by enabling our organization to provide the important resources necessary to create an informed community of global citizens, both young and old. Here’s how:
Through the Global Classroom Program: During a time of limited resources and strapped education budgets, The World Affairs Council of Oregon plays an essential role in supplementing ongoing education efforts—annually reaching more than 30,000 students across the region. Programs include the extensive Culture Box library, Teach the World conferences for both educators and students, and the annual World Quest Global Knowledge Competition, among others.
Through the International Visitor Program: The Council's visitor program annually hosts more than 500 emerging leaders from around the world. These rising stars in key fields are connected locally and regionally with business and community leaders for open dialogue, professional development, and hands-on experiences, all in an effort to promote greater mutual understanding. In addition, the Council hosts International Youth Leadership Exchange Programs, where youth from all over the world come to Oregon to learn about youth activism and civic engagement by meeting with local youth groups, participating in skill building workshops, and engaging in community service. This is citizen diplomacy at its best!
Through the Program on World Affairs: Council public programs keep Oregonians connected to the people, ideas, and issues that are shaping our global future. Regular monthly events range from addresses by international leaders and lecturers, author readings and rapid-response discussions of hot-button global issues, to luncheons, community receptions, networking, book groups, trivia nights and cultural outings.
Through the Young Professional’s Program: The Young Professionals program engages people, ages 20-40, in the international community by providing opportunities for enhancing professional development skills and building networks through a variety of educational, cultural, and informal social events. If you want to know what it means to be engaged, this is it. Through the Young Professional’s Program: The Young Professionals program engages people, ages 20-40, in the international community by providing opportunities for enhancing professional development skills and building networks through a variety of educational, cultural, and informal social events. If you want to know what it means to be engaged, this is it.