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About the International Speaker Series

About the International Speaker Series


Pre-sale: 2018 International Speaker Series

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Be the first to reserve your “sight unseen” 4-part series tickets for 2018. World Affairs Council of Oregon members can receive a promo code for 10% off series tickets! *Discount does not apply to Upper Balcony or Student tickets. Renew your membership or join now (link to and you'll automatically receive the code in your e-receipt.  Current members: request the promo code by emailing us: communityatworldoregon [dot] org or call us at 503 306-5252


Want to reserve your same seats as last year? Look for a special series renewal email from Portland'5 Pre-sale tickets available through Portland'5 with instructions, or call Portland'5 at 503-248-4910 for assistance.


The Series began in 2000 in celebration of the World Affairs Council of Oregon’s 50th anniversary. Past speakers have included His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Shaun King, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Madeleine Albright, Desmond Tutu, Rick Steves, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bono, and Bill Moyers, among many others. Since its inception, the Series has become the nation’s premier speaker series presenting the people, ideas, and issues shaping our global future.

About Pre-sales:

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • Speakers and dates are not yet confirmed

  • Individual event ticket are not yet available

  • Full series lineup to be announced Fall 2017

  • Series tickets will be available at regular price

  • Patron & Premier level seats include a post-show VIP reception—with hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a chance to meet the speaker in person!

  • Members can receive 10% off. Learn more at

More about the series, FAQs 



All events in the Series are held at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and begin at 7:00 pm. 


While every effort is made to keep ticket prices affordable, we realize that the cost may be prohibitive for some people. In an effort to make tickets more accessible, we have scholarship tickets available. If you'd like to be considered for scholarship tickets, please contact the World Affairs Council at (503) 306-5252 or communityatworldoregon [dot] org  

Additionally, the World Affairs Council of Oregon is a proud participating member of Arts for All. Anyone who receives food stamps (SNAP) and has the Oregon Trail Card is eligible to purchase individual International Speaker Series tickets for $5. Please note: Purchases are available on the day of Series events and limited to two tickets per cardholder. You must show your Oregon Trail Card at the time of purchase and pay with cash or credit card. SNAP credit on the Oregon Trail Card cannot be used to buy tickets. 

Members of the Media: Please contact the World Affairs Council of Oregon offices to be added to a press list for Series’ events. Press passes can be requested by emailing timatworldoregon [dot] org



Visit the FAQ section or contact us communityatworldoregon [dot] org


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