Speakers & Events

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.

Prof. Kelly Zvobgo pictured
October 7, 2020

      Often people’s lack of confidence in truth commissions is contingent on the belief that they do not work. On Wednesday, October 7, Professor Kelebogile Zvobgo led her talk on Truth Commissions and Transitional Justice and addressed that concern head on: they work and they matter.

Pictured left to right: Ted Braun and Luis Moreno Ocampo
September 30, 2020

Luis Moreno Ocampo is the former first Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, and Ted Braun is a noted documentarian and the Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair of Cinematic Ethics at USC.

Workshop session in Oxy's Cushman Board Room (Photo: USC Global Health)
May 13, 2020

The Young Initiative hosted and organized a series of incredibly enlightening workshops with an interdisciplinary cohort of leading human rights practitioners and scholars from three continents.

Oxy UN Week Student Panel (photo Amirah Al-Sagr/The Occidental)
May 10, 2020

Perrin Shyne and Amirah Al-Sagr of The Occidental cover the student organizing efforts for UN Week 2020

Joe Nye
March 3, 2020

Joseph S. Nye Jr. has consistently been named one of the most influential American political scientists in history. Nye co-created the international relations concepts of neoliberalism and smart power and is the former dean of Harvard's prestigious Kennedy School of Government.

Steven Were Omamo Keynote (Photo Kyler Parris)
February 13, 2020

On Thursday, February 13th, the Oxy UN Week Keynote speaker, Dr. Steven Were Omamo, explained his work on food insecurity in Ethiophia in connection to environmental justice and climate change.

Climate Change professor panel (Photo: Kyler Parris)
February 12, 2020

A multi-disciplinary panel of professors challenge students to to use their expertise to fight climate change at all levels.

Alberto Saldamondo Indigenous Climate Activist
February 12, 2020

On Wednesday February 12, 2020 Alberto Saldamando, a Lawyer Advocate at Indigenous Environmental Network, gave a presentation on “Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations.”

The new Oxy Arts on York space
February 10, 2020

The built environment and climate change converge at Oxy Arts on York with Alison Hirsch and Aroussiak Gabrielian of USC Landscape Design as part of UN Week 2020.

LA climate activism is discussed at Choi Auditorium
February 10, 2020

As part of UN Week 2020, Jasmin Vargas of Food and Water Watch discusses locally-based environmental climate activism and its intersections with politics professor Michael Sardo and Aerex Narvasa.