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 7, 2015

Speakers: Prof. Kantathi Suphamongkhon and Amb. Stephen Bosworth

Moderator: Amb. Derek Shearer

February 7, 2015

Speakers: Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Ambassador Cameron Munter, Ambassador Chris O’Connor

Moderator: Professor Huss Banai, Occidental College

Image for Nicholas Cull
November 18, 2014


Image for Barry Sanders, Chair of Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, visits campus
November 12, 2014

CPD Advisory Board Member

Chair, Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games

Image for Ambassador Christopher Hill:  Education of a Diplomat
November 6, 2014

For the full video of Dr. Hill's talk, please see below. 

In his talk "Education of a Diplomat," Ambassador Hill reflected on his 33-year career in the State Department and how this experience has influenced his role as Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Relations at the University of Denver.

Image for Professor Charles Call:  Peacebuilding in the 21st Century: lessons from the US, the UN, and scholars
November 4, 2014

For Dr. Call's full talk, please see the video below.  

Image for Malcolm Byrne:  Iran-Contra: The (Almost) Forgotten Scandal and Why it Still Matters
October 21, 2014

For Dr. Byrne's full talk, please see video below. 

Image for Ambassador Chris O'Connor
October 2, 2014

Chris O’Connor has been the British Consul General in Los Angeles since August 2013. He represents the UK government in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii. He promotes trade and investment, scientific cooperation, creative and media collaborations and educational partnerships between the UK and the southwestern United States.

Image for Peter Eigen:  Lessons from a Global Social Entrepreneur
September 30, 2014

The Young Initiative is honored to welcome Peter Eigen to campus for a talk in the Young Speaker Series on the Future of the Global Economy.