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Past Council Events

Headline and Cultural Forums

What the U.S. Can Learn from China

Ann Lee

China’s economy is the second largest in the world and many predict it will surpass the United States’ by 2020. Rather than viewing China’s power and influence as a threat, Ann Lee, a senior fellow at Demos focusing on issues of global economics and finance, asks: What can America learn from its competition? Read More ››

Great Decisions

State of the Oceans

Mark Hixon

The world’s oceans are essential to life on earth, and are tremendously sensitive to global climate change. What are the consequences of climate change on oceanic factors like biodiversity, sea levels and extreme weather systems? How can the U.S. and its international partners address the emerging challenges to this shared resource? Read More ››

Teach the World

Teach East Asia Youth Forum

Teach East Asia Youth ForumThis Youth Forum opened with a keynote panel of PSU students from countries in East Asia and continued with breakout sessions representing the ancient and magnificent cultures of China, Japan, and Korea. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Wine Wars: Is the Glass Half-full or Half-empty?

Mike Veseth

Who hasn’t found themselves in the wine aisle confounded by a confusing “embarrassment of riches”—with wines from every corner of the globe? Mike Veseth, Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound, uncorks a conversation on the major forces that are redrawing the world wine map Read More ››

International Visitors

International Visitor Mixer

Join us for a complimentary glass of wine and light hors d'oeuvres while mingling with women leaders from Burma, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and East Timor who will be in Oregon on a program focused on Women in Public Service. Read More ››

Young Professionals

Report from Cape Town- An evening of dinner, drinks & discussion on sustainability in South Africa

Join the World Affairs Council of Oregon's Young Professionals at Horn of Africa Restaurant for an evening of food and drinks and an inside, on-the-ground look at sustainability issues in South Africa Read More ››


WorldQuest for Grownups Returns for 2011

Join us for a raucous evening of food, drink, far-out costumes and international trivia. The WorldQuest Global Knowledge competition for grownups is the party of the year! Teams of eight show off their knowledge of global trivia on topics ranging from World Culture to People in the News, World History and Geography. Read More ››

Headline and Cultural Forums

Consuming the Congo: War and Conflict Minerals in the World's Deadliest Place

Peter Eichstaedt

Peter Eichstaedt explores a tense and urgent first-hand picture of life in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a place where more than 5 million Congolese have died in the quest for the valuable minerals that bring the West’s taken-for-granted creature comforts of cell phones and computers to life. Read More ››

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