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.

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.

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.