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Past Council Events

International Visitor Leadership Program

International Visitor Mixer: The Successor Generation

International Visitor Mixer: Integration and Cultural Preservation EffortsThe World Affairs Council’s International Visitor Program invites you to come and learn from and mingle with a diverse group of international visitors from Europe looking at the topic America’s Multi-ethnic Society and the Role of the Successor Generation. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Planning for People: An International Perspective

Enrique Peñalosa

Former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, Enrique Peñalosa, is an influential thinker in the design of livable cities, with a particular interest in the relationship between urban design and sustainability, mobility, equity, public space, and well-being. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Evolutionary Modernization & Cultural Change with Ronald Inglehart

Ronald Inglehart

Ronald Inglehart winner with Harvard professor Pippa Norris of the 2011 Johan Skytte Prize, talks about the World Values Survey. Drawing on data from the six waves of the World Values survey, the project supports the thesis that political culture plays a crucial role in the emergence and survival of democracy. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Global Struggles for Democracy: Reflections from the Front Lines

Larry Diamond

Larry Diamond, a leading contemporary scholar of democracy studies, presents a talk assessing the current state of democratic progress throughout the world, and lays out strategic principles for nurturing and advancing global democracy. Read More ››

Young Professionals

Face to Face: Conversations with Australian Visitor Thomas Woodroofe

Face to Face: A Roundtable with Australian Thomas WoodroofeJoin the Young Professionals group of the World Affairs Council of Oregon for an evening of socializing and light appetizers with Australian visitor Mr. Thomas Woodroofe. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Ending the Debt Crisis: Economic Justice & the Global South

Kelvin Hazangwi

Social justice and human rights activist Kelvin Hazangwi addresses the economic injustices in developing countries such as Zimbabwe and his work to create a system of responsible lending and borrowing that can benefit entire populations and not just the few at the top. Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2012)

The Question of Afghanistan

Sima Samar

The Question of AfghanistanAfghan human rights pioneer and Nobel Peace prize nominee Sima Samar has spent her life breaking barriers. The first Hazara woman to obtain a medical degree from Kabul University and an outspoken advocate for women’s rights, Dr. Samar was Deputy President of Afghanistan and the country’s first Minister for Women's Affairs. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Escape from Camp 14

Blaine Harden

Journalist Blaine Harden discusses the grim realities of North Korean political prisons, as seen through the lens of Shin Dong-hyuk, one of the few people known to have escaped and found their way to freedom in South Korea. Read More ››

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