2021 International Speaker Series: "Changing Course"

WorldOregon presents the 2021 International Speaker Series: Changing Course 

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, WorldOregon’s International Speaker Series is one of the nation’s premier platforms for international affairs. For two decades, the series has put you in the room with the global leaders, visionaries, and inspiring voices that are changing our world. While this year's series will be held exclusively online, the series continues its tradition of presenting a broad spectrum of the people, the big ideas, and the issues framing our role on the world stage — from race and reconciliation to hunger as a human right to the need for fact-based journalism to how we will move beyond COVID-19 globally.  

Individual tickets for the remainder of WorldOregon's 2021 all-virtual International Speaker Series are now on sale!

April 7 
Tom Colicchio — Hunger, Food, & Human Rights 
Acclaimed restauranteur and Top Chef lead judge  

All events will stream live online and begin at 7pm PST. Note: these events are live streams and will not be recorded for later viewing. 

A link to each event you purchase will be emailed to you, two days prior to the event. It's important to check spam/junk/clutter/promotions folders, as emails can sometimes end up there. 

Read a feature about the series in The Oregonian!

* Not a current member? Renew or join to be eligible for a 10% discount for members!


Past events in the series: 

February 4 

Nikole Hannah-Jones1619, Race, & Democracy 

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist, 1619 Project


February 25 

Maryn McKenna Dr. Marcel Curlin  COVID-19 & the Path to Recovery 

Award-winning science/medical author-journalist and OHSU infectious disease expert in conversation 


March 4 

Ari Shapiro — Journalism, Facts, & Other Things Considered 

Cohost of NPR’s All Things Considered 






Where will the 2021 International Speaker Series be held? 

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WorldOregon is following guidance from public health officials and will not hold any live events for the foreseeable future. Instead, the entire 2021 International Speaker Series will be held virtually. Series ticket holders will receive a secure online link prior to the beginning of the series. 


How can I purchase tickets? 

Tickets to the 2021 International Speaker Series can be purchased here.

International Speaker Series tickets are nonrefundable. While every effort is made to communicate series details in advance, specific speakers and dates are subject to change.   


How do I use my WorldOregon membership discount? 

WorldOregon members will be receiving an email announcing the 2021 International Speaker Series lineup with the 10% WorldOregon member discount code, which you will enter when you purchase tickets online.  

If you did not receive your WorldOregon discount code, please contact WorldOregon Program and Administrative Coordinator, Andrea Vanessa Castillo at: (503) 306-5252 or andrea@worldoregon.org.  



The International Speaker Series will be closed captionedfor those needing audio/hearing assistance. 


Student Tickets

Educators wanting to arrange tickets for students can contact Samara Chism-Winfield, Global Classroom Program Manager at [email protected].


What should I do if I have technical difficulties during the event? 

Our technical colleagues will be there to help you in real time. The customer service line, 503-306-5252, will be open the day of the event and will continue to assist people during the event. We will also closely monitor our email [email protected] to further assist you. 


I’ve purchased Patron tickets and normally attend the reception. What is the plan since the event is online? 

Sponsors and Patron ticket holders will receive an additional invitation by email to join a more intimate online reception for each of the events in the series.  


When will I receive the URL to attend the event? 

We will email all ticket holders a few days prior to each event with your link to attend each event. 


Will I need a password for the event? 

You will not need a password to attend the event. The event will be held on Vimeo.com with a link that will be sent to you a day before the start of the event. 


I didn’t receive the event link. What should I do? 

We will send the event link a few days prior to each event. It is possible the link may land in your junk, spam, or clutter folder. If you have not received your email by noon of the day of the event, please contact us at [email protected] or by phone at 503-306-5252. We are here to assist you with your questions. 


Can I view the events at a later time? 

For contractual reasons this will not be possible. 


Additional questions? 

Please contact us at [email protected] or by phone at 503-306-5252. 


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