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Past Council Events

Headline and Cultural Forums

Film: Maidentrip

MaidentripJoin us at the Portland International Film Festival for a screening of Maidentrip, a documentary about 14-year-old Laura Dekker who sets out on a two-year voyage to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. Read More ››

Great Decisions

Great Decisions: Food and Climate

Great Decisions: Food and ClimateAllison Hensey, Healthy Food and Farms Program Director and Jana Gastellum, Climate Protection Program Director of Oregon Environmental Council discusse the challenges that the U.S. faces as food and water become scarce and once-fertile land turns barren. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

China and the U.S.: Contest of the Century

Geoff DyerAfter decades on the rise, China has entered a new and critical phase where it seeks to turn its economic heft into global power. Geoff Dyer, Financial Times’ former Beijing bureau chief, presents a deeply engaging insider’s analysis of Beijing’s quest for influence and how America can come out on top. Read More ››

Great Decisions

Great Decisions: Turkey’s Challenges

Ozan VarolProfessor of Law Ozan Varol talks about how, with clashes between secular and religious groups and the recent protests in Taksim Square, Turkey is a nation at a crossroads. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Film: Girl Rising

Girl RisingJoin us for a screening of Girl Rising, a feature film from Oscar-nominated director Richard Robbins about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform societies.The film uses powerful storytelling to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate girls and you will change the world! Read More ››

Great Decisions

Great Decisions: U.S. Trade Policy

Doug Badger, Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest International Trade Association, speaks about how America’s foreign policy tools are not limited to sanctions, treaties or military campaigns, but also include the sales pitch to promote the benefits of democracy and the free market. Read More ››

Young Professionals

International Trivia Night

International Trivia NightJoin fellow Young Professionals for International Trivia Night and show your global smarts about current events, world culture, history, geography, and more! Read More ››

Great Decisions

Great Decisions: Defense Technology

Peter W SingerThe first lecture in the 2014 Great Decisions series, Peter W. Singer looks at how new “game-changing” technologies, from robotic planes to cyberweapons to 3D printing and human enhancement, are moving from science fiction to battlefield reality – all during an age of fiscal austerity. Read More ››



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