WorldOregon presents the 2023 International Speaker Series
WorldOregon’s International Speaker Series is one of the nation’s premier platforms for international affairs. For more than two decades, the series has put you in the room with the global leaders, visionaries, and inspiring voices that are changing our world.
The 2023 International Speaker Series continues this fall, shining the spotlight on bold voices addressing human rights, political and cultural polarization, and movements toward a more peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous future.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Marie Yovanovitch served as U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan, in addition to other senior government positions during her 33-year diplomatic career. She retired from the State Department in 2020 and is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a non-resident fellow at Georgetown University. She has received multiple awards, including the Presidential Distinguished Service Award (twice), the Secretary’s Diplomacy for Freedom Award, the Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy, and the PEN/Benenson Courage Award.
Ambassador Yovanovitch was most recently selected to be one of the Inaugural Carnegie Distinguished Fellows for Columbia University’s new Institute of Global Politics—established by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs Keren Yarhi-Milo—along with Stacey Abrams, the Georgia voting rights activist and former candidate for governor; Michelle Bachelet, Former President of Chile and Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; Eric Schmidt, the former CEO and chairman of Google; and Nobel Peace Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa.For full biography click here.
This event will be held in-person at
Alberta Rose Theatre
(3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211)
Located in the heart of the thriving, eclectic Alberta Arts District!
Reception and Book-signing for Ambassador Yovanovitch's stirring memoir Lessons from the Edge to follow the event —no extra ticket required!
About the Series
WorldOregon’s International Speaker Series, which began in 2000, is one of the nation’s premier platforms for international affairs. For more than two decades, the series has put you in the room with the global leaders, visionaries, and inspiring voices that are changing our world.
Now in its 23rd year, the International Speaker Series continues its tradition of presenting a broad spectrum of the people, big ideas, and issues framing our role on the world stage — with a focus this spring on bold voices confronting global violence and human rights, gender justice, political and cultural polarization, and movements toward a more peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous future.
2023 International Speaker Series FAQs:
What’s different this year?
WorldOregon’s International Speaker Series, now in its 23rd season, returns this fall with this in-person presentation featuring a timely discussion with former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. With the 2023 series, WorldOregon is presenting events across the Portland metro region —starting this spring with events in Beaverton and continuing in the fall with events in northeast Portland.
Stay tuned for information on the final event in the series, with date and location to be announced.
How do you choose speakers?
In alignment with our nonprofit mission, and as a nonpartisan organization, each year we identify key global issues and trends to assess and consider which speakers would animate conversations that might have impact and resonance for audiences here in Oregon.
The 2023 International Speaker Series shines the spotlight on bold voices addressing human rights, political and cultural polarization, and movements toward a more peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous future.
- Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch –Wednesday, September 20, 7pm – former Ambassador to Ukraine and author
Freshly back from a trip to Ukraine, this program features a timely, candid conversation on Ambassador Yovanovitch’s insights and reflections on democracy, a lifetime of public service, getting “our house in order” as a world leader, and —just recently back from Ukraine—why she remains optimistic about the Ukrainians’ continued fight for freedom from Russian aggression.
Previous Events in the Series:
- Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu – Tuesday, May 16, 7pm – race & gender justice activist
Daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was part of our 2002 International Speaker Series.
- David Hogg – Wednesday, June 7, 7pm – activist & co-founder of March for Our Lives
The choice of Hogg was inspired by the work of our Young Leaders in Action (YLA), high schoolers who focused their work this past school year on the impact of gun violence on youth.
Where will the International Speaker Series be held?
For this presentation of an International Speaker Series program in fall 2023, the event will be held at The Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211, located in the heart of the thriving, eclectic Alberta Arts District!
As part of WorldOregon’s goal of diversifying and expanding access to the series and our programs more generally, the decision was made to engage more broadly across the Portland-metro with new venues and community partnerships, as we returned to in-person presentations.
How can I purchase tickets to this in-person event?
Tickets for this fall 2023 International Speaker Series event go on sale today, Friday, August 18 at noon.
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (503) 719-6055, or in person at the Alberta Rose Theatre box office on any show night. The box office generally opens one hour before show time. Service fees on all tickets purchased in advance are the same whether purchased online, by phone, or at the box office. Day of show tickets sold at the Box Office are subject to a $1.00 surcharge. All ticket sales are non-refundable with the exception of a cancelled or rescheduled show.
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.
Can I still choose my seat?
No; all seats in the Alberta Rose Theatre are general admission.
Will WorldOregon or The Alberta Rose send my tickets in the mail?
The Alberta Rose Theatre does not mail or ship ticket orders. Purchase tickets online through their website, which utilizes Etix. Print your tickets at home or display your ticket order barcode on your mobile device.
If you purchased tickets through Etix and are unable to find them in your email, you can try locating them with THIS LINK HERE
Will-call tickets are available at the event venue box office one hour prior to the show.
What about the post-reception?
There will be a brief reception and book-signing with the speaker following the event —which the audience is invited to attend. No extra ticket required!
How do I use my WorldOregon membership discount?
WorldOregon members should have received an email containing a $10-off WorldOregon member discount code. If you did not receive your WorldOregon discount code, please contact us at (503) 306-5252 or [email protected]
Tickets for Students
Student tickets are available at $20.
Do you offer any other discounted tickets?
WorldOregon is a proud participating member of Arts for All. Anyone who receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps, and has the Oregon Trail Card is eligible to purchase individual International Speaker Series tickets for $5. Tickets are available on the day-of the event one hour prior to showtime. You’ll need to show your Oregon Trail Card and photo ID when purchasing tickets, or when claiming them at Will-Call. Note that you’ll need to pay with cash or with a credit card; SNAP credit cannot be used to buy concert tickets.
The Arts For All program is generously sponsored by The Standard.
I have special accommodations. How do I ensure accessibility for the International Speaker Series?
The Alberta Rose Theatre is fully accessible, with two ADA accessible restrooms and accommodations for those needing wheelchair access and seating.
The International Speaker Series will be closed captioned and available on your personal cellular-connected device at the in-person event, as well as available for the recording of the event.
If I bought a ticket and was unable to attend the event—is it possible to view a recording of the talk?
Ticket purchasers will have a 30-day viewing window to watch or re-watch the event, via a password-protected, nonshareable link and will receive the link the day following the event. There will be no live-stream of this event.
Please contact us at [email protected] or by phone at 503-306-5252.