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Past Council Events

Headline and Cultural Forums

More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics is Helping to Solve Global Poverty

Dean Karlan

In this new book, co-authored with Jacob Appel, Dean Karlan merges behavioral economics with worldwide field research, taking readers into villages across Africa, India, South America, and the Philippines where economic theory collides with real life. Read More ››

International Visitor Leadership Program

Mystery Chocolate

Julian Rose

Please join the World Affairs Council and Moonstruck Chocolate’s Master Chocolatier, Chef Julien Rose, as he walks us through the history of chocolate, culminating in tastings of Fortunato No. 4, which was recently reintroduced to the world by Moonstruck. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Aftershock: A Report From Japan

Rich Read
Motoya Nakamura

Aftershock: A Report From JapanOn March 11, Japan was struck by a magnitude-9 earthquake, the most powerful quake to hit the country in recorded history. This is a rare and timely opportunity to experience the stories and images of this terrible tragedy direct from the front lines. Read More ››

Young Professionals

Shanghai Tunnel Ethnic History Tour

Descend into one of the darkest and most fascinating chapters of Portland history with a tour of the notorious Shanghai tunnels: an underground maze beneath Old Town that many believe was used to kidnap unwary souls into service as shipmates and prostitutes. Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2011)

Out of Time: Fixing the Global Financial Mess Before It’s Too Late

Paul Volcker

Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Carter and Reagan and the main architect of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Plan, Paul Volcker is one of the most highly respected economic and financial thinkers of our generation. Volcker presents a take-no-prisoners assessment of our financial system. Read More ››

Young Professionals

Current Affairs Reading Group

Join the Young Professionals Current Affairs Reading Group to discuss Fareed Zakaria’s The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

The Betrayal of American Prosperity

Clyde Prestowitz

Prestowitz, founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute, gives us a picture of how the U.S. is rapidly losing the basis of its wealth and power, as well as its freedom of action and independence—and what we can do to reverse the trend. Read More ››

International Visitor Leadership Program

International Visitor Mixer

Meet visitors from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela, who are in Oregon on a program focused on Global Sustainability Challenges. Read More ››



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