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Shaun King: The New Civil Rights & Global Justice

Events | International Speaker Series

New York Daily News journalist Shaun King is a rising voice for crucial conversations around social justice, race, and inequality. In his columns and through social media, King has become a powerful force in shaping how the world knows about those most affected by racism and injustice.


The 2017 International Speaker Series, hosted by the World Affairs Council of Oregon, this year addresses the theme of “NOW/NEXT.” This event explores the horizon of major global ideas and issues alongside some of the most vibrant thinkers, writers, and doers of today.  


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. Over the past 17 years, the Series has become the nation’s premier speaker series presenting the people, ideas, and issues shaping our global future.  


The 2017 series features:

  • Rick Steves: "Travel as a Political Act"

  • Tawakkol Karman: "Freedom & Democracy in the Middle East"

  • Shaun King: "The New Civil Rights & Global Justice"

  • Deborah & James Fallows: "Understanding China"


Wednesday, March 1, Rick Steves speaks on "Travel As A Political Act." 

Over the past 20 years, Rick Steves, popular public television host and best-selling author, has helped everyday explorers discover the rich and powerful ways that travel broadens our perspectives and shapes our worldviews on social reform, the role of government, and America's place in the world. Made possible in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting. @RickSteves 

Thursday, April 6, Tawakkol Karman—Yemeni Human Rights Activist and Nobel Peace Laureate—speaks on "Freedom and Democracy in the Middle East." 

In 2011, at the age of 32, Tawakkol Karman became the youngest person and the first Arab woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Known as “The Mother of the Revolution” and the “Iron Woman” in her native Yemen, she has been at the forefront of the struggle for human rights and women’s participation in peacebuilding for years. @TawakkolKarman 

Thursday, May 4, journalist and civil rights activist Shaun King discusses "The New Civil Rights and Global Justice." 

New York Daily News journalist Shaun King is one of the rising go-to voices for crucial conversations around social justice, race, and inequality. In his columns and through social media, King has become a powerful force in shaping how the world knows about those most affected by racism and injustice. @ShaunKing 

Tuesday, June 6, journalists and authors Deborah and James Fallows jointly speak on the topic of "Understanding China." 

Author and linguist Deborah Fallows has spent many years absorbing the culture, politics, and people of China, offering readers and audiences a vivid picture of the enormity of Chinese life through language. James Fallows is an award-winning correspondent for The Atlantic and has written extensively on the economic and political transformations occurring in China, as well as the crisis facing contemporary news media. @DeborahFallows  @JamesFallows 


All events in the Series are held at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and begin at 7:00 pm. 

Ticket sales go LIVE next week on the Portland5 website!
New Ticket Sales Process for 2017
Tickets will go live no later than 2/8/2017 next week. We are excited to partner with the ticketing experts at Portland'5 who will provide complete services for your ticket purchase. Though tickets are no longer sold via the local World Affairs Council of Oregon offices, you will have options for online, phone, and in-person ticket purchases through Portland'5 and Ticketswest. See more details on our website
Become a member and save 10% on 4-ticket series!
If you are not yet a member, or need to renew, the time is now! Members receive a 10% discount off of ticket prices! Your email code will arrive early next week!
Reserving Specific Seats
Though we can no longer guarantee same seat reservations as in previous years,Portland'5's website helps make your specific choices from a helpful seating chart! If you have been a reserved-level ticketholder in the past, you will be the first to receive a special email notification next week, with specific instructions and discount code. It is very likely that you can reserve the same seats (or very near to the same seats) as last year using this feature.
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Current, new, and renewed members will receive a special email with discount code next week, before ticket sales go live on 2/8/17! Watch your inbox for updates!
You will receive another e-reminder next week, as soon as ticket sales go LIVE!


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 the World Affairs Council at (503) 306-5252 or communityatworldoregon [dot] org  

Additionally, the World Affairs Council of Oregon 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. 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. 

Members of the Media: Please contact the World Affairs Council of Oregon offices to be added to a press list for Series’ events. Press passes can be requested by emailing timatworldoregon [dot] org



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