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.

Authoritarian Populism Courts and Democratic Erosion
November 15, 2022

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

October 25, 2022

Join us for a conversation with David Goldblatt!

Appel Headshot
October 12, 2022

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

Poster for Panel on Uyghur Muslim Persecution
April 1, 2021

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

Davis and Llewellyn
November 5, 2020
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.
Michelle Jurkovich
November 4, 2020

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.

SDG Panelists
October 30, 2020

For nearly three years the Young Initiative has partnered with the City of Los Angeles to adopt the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals on a local level. Multiple cohorts of Oxy students have participitated in SDG task forces, and this past summer was no different.