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Headline and Cultural Forums

Headline and Cultural Forums

Headline Forum Lectures

What in the World? The Council’s monthly Headline Forum brings expert authorities with firsthand knowledge of hot spots and topics around the world to Portland. Headline Forums give you access to some of the globe’s most insightful, leading diplomatic and political officials, policy makers, authors, journalists, and academics. Whether a more formal luncheon, informal brown-bag, or evening event with cocktails, these candid public forums are excellent opportunities to learn about the pressing foreign affairs of the day.

Cultural Events

Beyond the world of politics and policy, Cultural Forums are your passport to exciting international sights, sounds, and sensations. Connect with global culture through programs on everything from international wine and beer and chocolates, to community service projects and heritage festivals to dance, music, theater and visual art.

Recent Headline and Cultural Forums News

Headline and Cultural Forums
Fri, 09/11/2015 - 1:15pm

Watch Nawzad Othman's talk on Agony & Hope in the Middle East

Watch the video of Nawzad Othman's discussion on recent developments in the Middle East Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums
Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:15am

Mona Eltahawy interview with OPB's Think Out Loud--now available to stream or download

WAC audiences enjoyed a powerful and inspiring talk by Egyptian-American feminist and author Mona Eltahawy on May 18. If you missed it, you can now download or stream her conversation with OPB's Think Out Loud program the same week. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums
Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:30am

Making a Difference, Transforming Lives: A Path Appears, with Nicholas Kristof—Online Video Now Available

If you missed Nicholas Kristof's inspiring talk on Martin Luther King Jr. Day--Making a Difference, Transforming Lives: A Path Appears--you can now view the video recording from the evening. Read More ››

Upcoming Headline and Cultural Forums Events

Headline and Cultural Forums

Film: American Umpire + Discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs and Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols

We are on the cusp of a change in the way we do foreign policy in this country Join us for a panel discussion on this timely topic as well as a screening of the PBS film AMERICAN UMPIRE, narrated by Jim Lehrer. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

The World...In General: Ardi Hermawan, Consul General of The Republic of Indonesia

Join WAC, Portland State University’s Office of International Affairs and Institute for Asian Studies, and the Oregon Consular Corps for this engaging, multipart series highlighting the work of Consul Generals from across the Pacific Rim Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Ersin Kalaycıoğlu | How and Why Turkey has Drifted Away from Democracy?

Ersin Kalaycıoğlu

Ersin Kalaycıoğlu | How and Why Turkey has Drifted Away from Democracy?Turkey is the new hot spot in the region that policy makers in the West can no longer ignore—what is on the horizon for liberal democracy and stability in the region? Read More ››

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Film: America's Diplomats + discussion with Harriet Isom, John Yates & Mary Carlin Yates

Film: America's Diplomats + discussion with Harriet Isom, John Yates & Mary Carlin YatesJoin us for this wonderful film that uncovers the origins of our Foreign Service, followed by a discussion with Harriet Isom, former Ambassador to Benin, Laos and Cameroon; John Yates, formerly U.S. Special Envoy for Somalia; and Mary Carlin Yates, former Ambassador to Burundi and Ghana, Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Sunil Khilnani | Incarnations: India in Fifty Lives

Sunil Khilnani | Incarnations: India in Fifty Lives Sunil Khilnani, one of the India's leading thinkers, explores an entertaining and provocative account of India’s past Read More ››



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