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In a year of landmark pivotal decisions, complex international challenges and conflict, and a polarized populace, WorldOregon invites audiences to explore four prescient, urgent topics affecting both the local and global landscapes: the transnational opioid crisis at home and abroad, the reckoning with race and identity within the U.S., the global scourge of tuberculosis, and how the human spirit might come together to heal the unimaginable scars of the past.

WorldOregon’s International Speaker Series, which began in 2000, is one of the nation’s premier platforms for international affairs, continuing its tradition of presenting a broad spectrum of the people, big ideas, and issues framing our role on the world stage.


Individual tickets go on sale April 22 at 10am. Four-part series tickets are also still available at a slight discount from the individual events. 


May 1: Ben Westhoff: Fentanyl, Inc.

Drawing on more than four years of investigations, Ben Westhoff, the first Western journalist to infiltrate fentanyl labs in China, explores the story of the drug’s origins in a legitimate laboratory, its hijacking by rogue chemists, and its spread through transnational black markets—and how its pervasive damage might be contained.

About the speaker

Ben Westhoff is a best-selling investigative journalist, speaker, and filmmaker focused on drugs, culture, and poverty. His books are taught around the country and have been translated into languages all over the world. Westhoff’s Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Created the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic is the bombshell first book about fentanyl, which is causing the worst drug crisis in American history. Westhoff was interviewed about the book for Fresh Air and Joe Rogan, delivered a TedX talk at Purdue University, and has written about the fentanyl crisis for The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, and others. Since the book’s publication, Westhoff has advised top government officials on the fentanyl crisis, including from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the U.S. embassy in Beijing, and the U.S. State Department. He now speaks at conferences and summits around the world about the opioid crisis, and is the 2023 Norman E. Zinberg Memorial Lecture awardee from Harvard Medical School.

Other Events in the 2024 International Speaker Series: 

May 13: Michele Norris: Our Hidden Conversations 

Peabody Award–winning journalist and former NPR host Michele Norris invites a transformative dialogue on race and identity in America. Drawing on her decade-long Race Card Project, Norris takes us on a journey into the heart of this country’s painful, complex, and unrelenting battle with the salience and significance of race in our lives.


June 5: John Green: A World Without Tuberculosis

John Green (the bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and The Anthropocene Reviewed, etc. and one half of the “Vlogbrothers”) has become one of the leading voices in the fight against tuberculosis, the deadliest infectious disease, annually killing more people than COVID-19, malaria, or HIV. Green asks us to consider what it will take to end a disease that is not only imminently curable, but also preventable.


June 10: Paul Rusesabagina: Reconciling the Unimaginable

Paul Rusesabagina (who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda) reflects on reconciliation, forgiveness, and lessons yet to be learned from the Rwandan Genocide 30 years later. Released from illegal imprisonment in Rwanda in 2023 and now living in the U.S., Rusesabagina delves into the need to provide voice to victims of genocide and support peace efforts, and how the international community might prevent future atrocities before they occur.

All events are held in-person at 7pm at
1300 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214

Individual tickets go on sale April 22 at 10am. Four-part series tickets are also still available at a slight discount from the individual events. 



Individual event tickets: $50 – $110* 
Student and veteran tickets: $25

Note: Prices do not include service/handling fees.

Premier-level tickets include invitation to post-event receptions and a copy of Michele Norris' book Our Hidden Conversations.

* Current members may purchase tickets for the series at a savings of $10 off the regular price. 

WorldOregon members should have received an email announcing the 2024 International Speaker Series line-up with the $10-off WorldOregon member discount code. This code can be applied to most tickets, excluding student/veteran tickets, which are already offered at the lowest possible price. If you are a member and did not receive your WorldOregon discount code, please contact us at (503) 306-5261 or [email protected]

If you are not a current member, renew or join to be eligible for a $10 savings on each ticket! 

Buying tickets for the series
Tickets to the 2024 International Speaker Series can be purchased online through Revolution Hall at www.revolutionhall.com or in-person at Etix self-serve kiosks located at Revolution Hall at their Show Bar which is open daily 3–11pm; or at Bar Bar at Mississippi Studios. Tickets are available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week through their website. Note: Ticket prices do not include service/facility fees.

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For any other questions, please email Director of Programs Tim DuRoche us at [email protected].

We’re going
May 01, 2024 at 7:00pm - 9pm PST

2024 International Speaker Series: Ben Westhoff

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214
United States
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