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.

February 10, 2020

Kahane U.N. Program students report back on their fall 2019 experiences at the U.N., including Task Forces regarding the Green Economy and Digital Jobs.

Schoenberg used his piano to show his creative process (Photo Kyler Parris)
February 10, 2020

On February 10th, the first day of Oxy’s 2020 UN week, students studying everything from music to diplomacy to environmental policy gathered in Booth Hall to hear Professor Adam Schoenberg talk about his composition entitled Losing Earth.

Toby Dalton
November 20, 2019

Toby Dalton '79 from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace engaged with Oxy students and faculty on modern nuclear proliferation. Dalton is an expert on non-proliferation and nuclear energy.

Prof. Andrew Zimbalist
October 24, 2019

Andrew Zimbalist is a professor in the Economics Department at Smith College. He has acted as a consultant in Latin America for the United Nations Development Program and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Alfred Madain
October 21, 2019

On October 21, 2019, Alfred Madain joined Occidental students and faculty in Choi Auditorium for a discussion of music and politics in the Arab world.

Yuriko Romer
October 17, 2019

Yuriko Gamo Romer is an award-winning director based in San Francisco. Her documentary DIAMOND DIPLOMACY, explores the relationship between the United States and Japan through a shared love of baseball.

Huss Banai
October 16, 2019

Hussein Banai is a professor at Indiana University in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. His work is grounded in the oral history of Iranian and American scholars and journalists who are witnesses of complicated US-Iran diplomacy. Currently, Banai is working on a book about liberal political thought in modern Iran.

Robert Edelman
October 5, 2019

Robert Edelman is a Professor at University of California, San Diego, and has been since 1972 when he received his doctorate from Columbia University. As a former sports-writer and radio announcer, Edelman brings an interesting insider’s take to his specialty in Russia and Sports history.

Erin Lockwood
October 3, 2019

Dr. Erin Lockwood is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. Her research areas include International Political Economy, Global Financial Politics, Global Inequity, and many other areas at the intersection of International Relations and Economics. 

Miry Whitehill
September 27, 2019

On Friday, September 27th, activist Miry Whitehill came to Oxy to talk about her nonprofit, a refugee resettlement organization based in Northeast LA called Miry’s List.