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.

 
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.

Prof. Kelly Zvobgo pictured
October 7, 2020
Kelebogile Zvobgo is incoming Assistant Professor of Government at William & Mary and Founder and Director of its International Justice Lab.
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.

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