The Young Initiative invites foreign policy experts and guest speakers to campus to engage in discussions on international relations and the global political economy with students and faculty.

Young speakers give students and faculty an opportunity to expand their understanding of global issues. The Young Initiative sponsors several speakers each academic year highlighting particular aspects of global affairs and the global political economy.  The Young Speakers program is devoted to highlighting the work and success of eminent international affairs experts and Oxy alumni in public service and academia.

Iran Human Rights at the Intersections Panel
Iran: Human Rights at the Intersections

On Wednesday, February 1st, 2023, the Young Initiative hosted Provost and Executive Vice President of the University of Montana Pardis Mahdavi and Associate Professor at Indiana University Hussein Banai in discussion with Anthony Tirado Chase, Sofia Gruskin, and Malek Moazzam-Doulat for Iran: Human Rights at the Intersections.

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Authoritarian Populism Courts and Democratic Erosion
Courts and Authoritarian Populism: the United States in Comparative Perspective

Date: December 16, 2022

Location: Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Organizers: Michael Dichio (University of Utah) and Igor Logvinenko (Occidental College), sponsored by the Young Fund for Global Political Economy

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Understanding the World Cup

Join us for a conversation with David Goldblatt!

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Russia's War in Ukraine and the Global Liberal Order

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Hilary Appel on Thursday, October 20th!

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Making Global Markets - Technology, Ethics, and Finance in the 21st Century with Professor Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra

Professor Igor Logvinenko of Occidental College’s Diplomacy & World Affairs Department moderated this fascinating talk by Professor Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California at San Diego.

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Blacklists, Bankers, and Bad Money: International Cooperation to Combat Illicit Financing with Professor Julia Morse

Professor Igor Logvinenko of Occidental College’s Diplomacy & World Affairs Department moderated this engaging talk by Professor Julia Morse, based on her book The Bankers’ Blacklist: Unofficial Market Enforcement and the Global Fight Against Illicit Financing.

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Poster for Panel on Uyghur Muslim Persecution
Uyghur Muslim Persecution in Xinjiang, China

A panel discussion on Uyghur Muslim persecution featuring Critical Theory and Social Justice, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Diplomacy and World Affairs, and the Young Initiative

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Davis and Llewellyn
Racial Justice and Restorative Justice: From Truth Telling to Reparations
Fania Davis is a leading national voice on restorative justice. She is a civil rights lawyer, social justice advocate, restorative justice practitioner, writer and scholar with a PhD in Indigenous Knowledge. The Los Angeles Times named her a New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century.
Jennifer Llewellyn is a Professor of Law for the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and the...
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Michelle Jurkovich
Feeding the Hungry

Michelle Jurkovich is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Visiting Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Her research interests include international food security, ethics, economic and social rights, and human security.

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