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Purchase your series tickets through Portland'5 Center for the Arts.

Welcome to the 18th season of WorldOregon's International Speaker Series—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.

Tickets are sold on the Portland5.com website at this link. Tickets are also available by phone 800.273.1530 and in person at:
1111 SW Broadway Ave.
Portland, OR 97205

Sales and distribution are managed through the Portland'5 Center For the Arts ticket office, and cannot be purchased directly from WorldOregon or on the WorldOregon website. 

Closed Captioning

To make the program more accessible for those with hearing impairment, the talk will be closed captioned and available on your personal cellular-connected device - or you may checkout a device from guest services at Portland5:


2018 Series: "Matters of Fact"

Hard-hitting, truth-seeking journalism is one of the bedrocks of a healthy democracy. It's perhaps the best antidote to the flurry of alternative facts, partisan noise, and the 24-hour news cycle. Join us as we present four of today's most celebrated writers and journalists reporting on the ideas and issues shaping our world.

All Speaker Series events start at 7:00 PM and are held at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon.

Important Update: Date Change! LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO WILL NOW SPEAK ON MARCH 20TH, 2018!

March 20
Lourdes "Lulu" Garcia-Navarro: Reporting the News in an Age of Noise

Lulu Garcia-Navarro is an award-winning journalist and host of National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday and previously worked as a correspondent based in Brazil, Israel, Mexico, and Iraq—capturing history in the making with stunning insight, courage, and humanity.

April 2
David Frum: The American Political System and The Future of Democracy

David Frum is a senior editor at the Atlantic, political analyst for Newsweek, and author of the New York Times bestseller, Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic, and served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush.

May 2
Evan Osnos: The China-America Paradox

New Yorker staff writer and National Book Award-winning author Evan Osnos specializes in politics and foreign affairs, spanning the U.S., the Middle East, East Asia, and China. He won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2014 for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China.

June 12
Masha Gessen: The Future Is History - Totalitarianism and the New Russia

Masha Gessen was the winner of the 2017 National Book Award in nonfiction, is a staff writer at The New Yorker, and is the author of several books, among them The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. The recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Fellowship, Gessen teaches at Amherst College and lives in New York City.


The International Speaker Series began in 2000 in celebration of the World Affairs Council of Oregon’s 50th anniversary. Speakers have included Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Condoleezza Rice, Vicente Fox, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Madeleine Albright, Desmond Tutu, Sandra Day O’Connor, Bono, and Bill Moyers, among many others. Since its inception, the Series has become the nation’s premier speaker series presenting the people, ideas, and issues shaping our global future. Ticket sales help support the work of WorldOregon (also known as the World Affairs Council of Oregon)—connecting Oregonians to the world since 1950! WorldOregon programs support Oregonian students, educators, youth, and adults by accelerating cross-cultural understanding.


Tickets go on sale Friday, February 9th through Portland'5. Tickets can only be purchased through the Portland'5 / Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall website or ticketing office (1111 SW Broadway Ave.; M-SA 10am-5pm). The WorldOregon offices do not offer ticket sales. See below for more details on ticket sales and policies. View the series ticket seating map (pdf)


Patron or Premier level ticket holders are welcome to attend special speaker receptions immediately following each series event. Receptions will be held at the Oregon Historical Society, located at 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205. 
Speaker series ticket receipts or ticket stubs are required for admittance to the reception Light refreshments and beverages will be available. You will also have the opportunity to mingle with each speaker as well as other WorldOregon supporters.


Current WorldOregon members can receive a 10% discount* off of ticket prices. Please visit worldoregon.org/join to join or renew! (*Discount does not apply to Upper Balcony and Student level tickets.)

While every effort is made to keep ticket prices affordable, we realize that the cost may be prohibitive for some people. In an effort to make tickets more accessible, we have scholarship tickets available. If you'd like to be considered for scholarship tickets, please contact us at (503) 306-5252 or [email protected] 


WorldOregon is a proud participating member of Arts for All. Anyone who receives food stamps (SNAP) and has the Oregon Trail Card is eligible to purchase individual International Speaker Series tickets for $5 at the Portland'5 Box Office (1111 SW Broadway Ave.; M-SA 10am-5pm). Please note: Purchases are available on the day of Series events and limited to two tickets per cardholder. You must show your Oregon Trail Card at the time of purchase and pay with cash or credit card. SNAP credit on the Oregon Trail Card cannot be used to buy tickets.


International Speaker Series tickets are non-refundable. While every effort is made to communicate series details in advance, specific speakers and dates are subject to change. Ticket sales help support the work of WorldOregon (also known as the World Affairs Council of Oregon)—connecting Oregonians to the world since 1950! WorldOregon programs support Oregonian students, educators, youth, and adults by accelerating cross-cultural understanding.

We’re going
March 20, 2018 at 7:00pm - 9pm PST

International Speaker Series 2018. Four-Part Series tickets start at $100.

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
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