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Past Council Events

Young Professionals

International Trivia Night

International Trivia NightJoin fellow Young Professionals for International Trivia Night and show your global smarts about current events, world culture, history, geography and more! Trivia Night is a fun opportunity to acquaint and socialize with fellow Portlanders who share your zest for all things international! Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

The Quest for Meaning: Pluralism & Islam in the West

Dr. Tariq Ramadan

The Quest for Meaning: Pluralism & Islam in the WestKnown in many circles as the “Muslim Martin Luther,” Ramadan is a reformer with an urgent message: our very survival depends upon our ability to build a harmonious, respectful global community – otherwise we will be on a path toward a world where, “Fear, doubt and distrust [will colonize] our hearts and minds.” Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Living in France: A Panel Discussion

Alliance Française de Portland hosts a panel discussion (in English) that touches upon logistics and issues of home ownership and residency in France. Read More ››

International Visitors (2012)

International Visitor Mixer

International Visitor MixerIn partnership with the World Affairs Council of Oregon's Young Professionals we invite you to come and mix and mingle with a diverse group of English teachers and professors from around the world! Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Awakening Creativity in Broken Places

Lily Yeh

Awakening Creativity in Broken PlacesChina-born/Philadelphia-based artist Lily Yeh talks about developing large scale participatory arts projects in impoverished communities around the globe, including Rwanda, Palestine, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bejing, Ecuador, the Republic of Georgia and Syria among other places. Read More ››

International Speaker Series (2012)

Inside the American Mind

David Brooks

Acclaimed New York Times columnist and NPR commentator David Brooks (a self-professed “New York conservative”) is one of our shrewdest analysts of politics and culture. A protégé of William F. Buckley, Brooks has written for the National Review, Atlantic Monthly, and Wall Street Journal, among many others. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Needed: A Global Green New Deal

Robin Hahnel

Hahnel, renowned co-founder of participatory economics, discusses why present policies will neither end the current economic crisis, nor adequately address climate change - outlining a prescription for international and domestic “Green New Deals” needed to address the two great crises of our time. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Poetry from the Ashes of War: Soheil Najm

Soheil Najm

Poetry from the Ashes of War: Soheil NajmSoheil Najm, one of the leading voices in Iraqi literature, discusses cultural and poetic responses to war and the US invasion of Iraq, art and letters in contemporary Iraq and reads from his work in both Arabic and English Read More ››



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