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Past Council Events

Headline and Cultural Forums

Syria: The View from Jordan and Lebanon with Rich Read and Jamie Francis

Syria: The View from Jordan and LebanonPulitzer Prize-winning reporter Rich Read and photographer Jamie Francis of The Oregonian recently returned from Jordan and Lebanon where they spent two weeks reporting on the plight of Syrian refugees. Read More ››

Programs

The Gaza Kitchen

The Gaza KitchenLaila El-Haddad (co-author with Maggie Schmitt of the recently published book The Gaza Kitchen) explores the distinctive cuisine and heritage of Palestine – offering both a universal and a singular view of the region’s cultural richness through the lens of food. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Understanding Kurdistan: A Model for Stability in the Middle East?

Understanding Kurdistan:  A Model for Stability in the Middle East? With a population of 35 million, the Kurdish people are the largest ethnic group without a country. Who are they? How do they fit in to the evolving picture of the region? Economically booming, secure, secular and optimistic about the future, could they be a model of stability in the turbulent region? Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Bees on the Brink

Bees on the BrinkRamesh Sagili, assistant professor in Horticulture running Oregon State University’s Honey Bee Lab, addresses questions about Colony Collapse and what it means for global ecology and food production in the future. Sagili offers simple tips for home gardeners who want to think globally and act locally and begin fostering honey bees. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

[Film] The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World’s Most Surprising School System

[Film] The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World’s Most Surprising School SystemFinland’s education system has consistently ranked among the best in the world for more than a decade. This film looks under the hood of Finland’s success and asks what we might do differently in the US. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Kenneth M. Pollack: Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy

Kenneth M.PollackFormer CIA analyst Kenneth M. Pollack explores America’s intractable problem with Iran, Tehran’s pursuit of nuclear-weapons capability, and the prolonged clash that led us to our present point. Read More ››

International Visitors

International Visitor Mixer

IVP MixerThe World Affairs Council’s International Visitor Program invites you to come and mix and mingle with a diverse group of 14 international visitors from North Africa and the Near East that will be in Oregon for a program focused on American Youth: Volunteerism and Civic Engagement. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Peter C. Doherty: Pandemics 101

Peter C. DohertNobel Prize-winning immunologist Peter C. Doherty addresses the history of pandemics and explores the ones, such as SARS, HIV, and H1N1, that persist today. Read More ››



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