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World Affairs Council of Oregon

1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205, US (map)

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  • Monday
    Oct 16 2017
    World Food Day : John Teton of the Oregon-based International Food Security Treaty Association

    The right to food is a basic human right. Investing in sustainable food systems and rural development means addressing some of the major global challenges - from feeding the world’s growing population to protecting the global climate, and tackling some of the root causes of migration and displacement. On the occasion of World Food Day (sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), John Teton, founding director of the Oregon-based International Food Security Treaty Association discusses the International Food Security Treaty, a bold initiative that aims to fulfill the human right of freedom from hunger and protect it with enforceable international law.

    The International Food Security Treaty Campaign
    Nonprofit Organization · Lake Oswego, Oregon

    The IFST aims to fulfill the human right of freedom from hunger.

  • Tuesday
    Oct 10 2017
    In the Province of the Gods at World Affairs Council of Oregon

    Join Kenny Fries as he reads from his new memoir, IN THE PROVINCE OF THE GODS, at the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

    In IN THE PROVINCE OF THE GODS, Kenny Fries embarks on a journey of profound self-discovery as a disabled foreigner in Japan, a society historically hostile to difference. As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he also discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and A-bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality are shaken, and he must find a way to reenter life on new terms.

    Kenny Fries is the author of Body, Remember: A Memoir and The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory. He is the editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College and is the recipient of a prestigious Creative Capital grant.

    For more information about the book, please visit: https://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5638.htm

    For more information about the event and the World Affairs Council of Oregon, please visit: http://worldoregon.org/events/programs/headline-and-cultural-forums/kenny-fries-in-the-province-of-the-gods

  • Tuesday
    May 30 2017
    On The Fence – Border Culture & Spanglish

    Now matter how high a wall and no matter who pays for it, determined travelers on both sides historically figure out how to make the border porous or disappear completely. One crucial wall-busting tool is language. Spanglish, the playful patois that unites the Mexican-U.S. borderlands, bridges the border with communication that no wall can prevent. Join University of Oregon's Peter Laufer (James Wallace Chair Professor in Journalism at University of Oregon and co-director UO-UNESCO Crossings Institute for Conflict Sensitive Reporting & Intercultural Dialogue) and Gabriela Martínez (award-winning documentary filmmaker and co-creator of the Latino Roots in Oregon Project director of the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication’s Masters Program) for a discussion on Spanglish and Border Culture. Program includes a reading from Laufer's new children's book ¡See you Later, Amigo!, An American Border Tale - which will be available for purchase following the talk.

    $10 WAC members; $15 general admission.

  • Thursday
    May 4 2017
    Shaun King: The New Civil Rights and Global Justice

    New York Daily News journalist and civil rights activitst 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.

    The 2017 International Speaker Series, hosted by the World Affairs Council of Oregon, has the theme of NEXT/NOW.

    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.

    Tickets for the four-part Series can be purchased online at www.portland5.com, at the Portland’5 Ticketing & Box Office (1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205), by calling 1-800-273-1530, or by visiting a TicketsWest outlet http://www.ticketswest.com. Ticket prices for the four-part Series start at $80.