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Past Council Events

Headline and Cultural Forums

Al-Andalus: Faces of Love

Al-Andalus: Faces of LoveJoin oudist Tarik Banzi and the internationally acclaimed Al-Andalus Ensemble for an evening of world chamber-music and dance exploring the different spiritual traditions of the Middle East. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

The YouTube Effect: How Anger and Agitprop Shape America’s Relationship with Islam

Lawrence Pintak

The YouTube Effect: How anger shaped America’s relationship with IslamLawrence Pintak will speak about U.S. relations with the Muslim world and the effects satellite television and social media have had on the recent violence taking place. Join us on October 3rd to hear Lawrence Pintak discuss these issues. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

The Next Wave: Oregon & Ocean Energy

Jason Busch

The Next Wave: Oregon & Ocean EnergyPLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. There is tremendous energy in the ocean’s waves. Ocean energy has no greenhouse gas emissions, produces no pollution and requires no major drilling or mining and Oregon is among the most wave-power rich areas of the world. Read More ››

Open World

Brownbag Lunch Discussion: River Management from Serbia to Portland

Brownbag Lunch Discussion: River Management from Serbia to PortlandLearn how leading urban planners, government officials, and water management experts are working to protect Serbian waterways while crafting new spaces to live, work, and play at the river’s edge. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Obama & Iran: Between War, Sanctions and Diplomacy

Trita Parsi

Obama & Iran: Between War, Sanctions and DiplomacyOnly twelve minutes into his presidency, Barack Obama reached out to the Muslim world and Iran, offering America’s hand of friendship if Iran would in turn unclench its fist. Yet three years later, we are closer to war than we were in the last years of the Bush administration. How did we get here? Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

New Theater from Japan:Toshiki Okada’s ENJOY

One of Japan’s most acclaimed younger playwrights, 39-year-old Toshiki Okada is a master of “turn[ing] inarticulateness into the sort of poetry that rewards close listening” (The New York Times). With his play Enjoy, Okada has created a work that could best be described as Portlandia and The Office meets Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. 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! Trivia Night is a fun opportunity to acquaint and socialize with fellow Portlanders who share your zest for all things international! Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Syria: Intervention or Endgame?

Syria: Intervention or Endgame?Join us for an open, conversational forum on the Syrian conflict, prospects for peace and resolution, and the big questions surrounding these issues. To intervene or not? The question seems to be hanging in the air, as politicians, human rights advocates, and the international community debate if and how to intervene in the Syrian conflict. Read More ››



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