Global Conversations

Global Conversations includes all of our public events: International Speaker Series, Rapid-response, and ongoing monthly talks with authors, journalists, and cultural luminaries

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For more than 60 years, WorldOregon has been a rich source connecting Oregonians to the people, ideas, and issues that are shaping our global future. Join us for Global Conversations programs—from hard-hitting global perspectives with policy insiders, authors, and world leaders, to explorations into international food, culture, and travel. For example:

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES

The International Speaker Series, going into its 18th season, is one of the nation’s premier platforms for international affairs. The series puts you in the room with the global leaders, visionaries, and inspiring voices that are changing our world— from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bill Clinton, Shaun King, Mikhail Gorbachev, Madeleine Albright, Ehud Barak, Mona Eltahaway, Bono, Jane Goodall, Bill McKibben, Leymah Gbowee, Tawwakol Karman, Reza Aslan, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Wangari Mathaai, among others.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

WorldOregon annually presents over 60 public programs exploring everything from hard-hitting global perspectives on climate, war, peace and security, trade and economics, the refugee crisis, and more with policy insiders, authors, and world leaders to interactive explorations into international food, arts and culture, and travel. Public programs happen throughout the week—whether during the lunch hour at our downtown offices next to the Oregon Historical Society, or after hours, hosted by one of our many partner organizations.

GREAT DECISIONS

Join us January–March at Portland State University for The Great Decisions discussion series, an eight-week, noontime program exploring pivotal issues on the global stage. Great Decisions (which originated in Portland in 1954 and is now sponsored nationally by the Foreign Policy Association) is the longest-running, largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind.

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“Oregon is better because of the dialogue sparked by WorldOregon programs—and my life is enriched by the knowledge and friendships I've gained by being a member. WorldOregon gives me hope for our global future!” - Yassi Irajpanah, Member & Supporter