Past Guest Speakers

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.

Details on Young's past guest speakers and their topics of discussion can be found here.

Professor Alison Brysk
September 12, 2019

On September 3, Alison Brysk, a leading researcher and professor of human rights, spoke at Occidental College on the topic of reproductive rights regression.

David Goldblatt
April 4, 2019

David Goldblatt visited Occidental College on April 1, 2019 to give a talk regarding contemporary football (soccer) and how it operates within the globalized world we live in today.

Kelly Sims Gallagher
March 25, 2019

Kelly Sims Gallagher ‘95 came back to Oxy to discuss environmental diplomacy in the context of U.S.-China relations as detailed in her recent book co-authored by Xiaowei Xuan: Titans of the Climate: Explaining Policy Process in the United States and China.

February 5, 2018

Partnership will help City collect data and track progress on broad range of economic, environmental, and other targets adopted by United Nations members.

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November 21, 2017

Paul Divakar, General Secretary of the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) and a transnational voice for peoples affected by Discrimination based on Work or Descent (DWD) spoke about the struggles faced by these communities and the growing power of international groups that link these communities outside their countries. 

November 1, 2017

Glen Fukushima returned to his native California and visited Occidental College to deliver a lecture at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs on October 24, 2017. Mr. Fukushima discussed the United States’ past relations with Japan under the Obama administration as well as the current relations with Japan under the Trump administration. 

October 19, 2017

William Drozdiak visited Occidental College on September 25, 2017 and gave a lecture at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs. He offered insight into the current political arenas of the United States and Europe and the implications of such that we may expect to see in the coming years.  

October 19, 2017

William Drozdiak visited Occidental College on September 25, 2017 and gave a lecture at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs. He offered insight into the current political arenas of the United States and Europe and the implications of such that we may expect to see in the coming years.  

October 17, 2017

Aditya Agrawal, director of data ecosystems development at the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data spoke about the Data Revolution and how it can be harnessed to aid in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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August 29, 2017

In a public forum hosted by the Young Initiative on the Global Economy at Occidental College, students and faculty came together to discuss the US-China relationship as part of the Trump and The World Series.

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