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.

Leo Braudy
September 25, 2018

Leo Braudy is among America’s leading cultural historians and film critics

May 27, 2018

On March 27th, 2018, Dr. Pardis Mahdavi visited her alma mater, Occidental College, and lectured at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs about Human Trafficking and Terror: Questioning the Construction of a Global Social Problem.

Shalmali Guttal
April 10, 2018

Shalmali Guttal is the Executive Director of Focus on the Global South, an activist think tank in Asia providing analysis and building alternatives for just social, economic and political change.

Mary Thompson-Jones
March 29, 2018

Mary Thompson-Jones is the Chair of Women in National Security and Diplomacy at the U.S. Naval War College.

Diane Amann
February 13, 2018

Diane Amann, chair of the Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia School of Law, visited Occidental College to deliver a lecture at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs on January 31, 2018. Amann discussed Trump and the United States’ relationship with human rights and how the importance of human rights has changed at home and abroad.

February 5, 2018

Partnership will help City collect data and track progress on broad range of economic, environmental, and other targets adopted by United Nations members.

January 29, 2018

Celeste Wallander is the President and CEO of the non-profit U.S.-Russia Foundation.

November 21, 2017

Paul Divakar, General Secretary of the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) and a transnational voice for peoples affected by Discrimination based on Work or Descent (DWD) spoke about the struggles faced by these communities and the growing power of international groups that link these communities outside their countries. 

November 2, 2017

David Goldblatt is one of the leading experts on sports and soccer and has written numerous books including the ball is round a global history of soccer.  He spoke at Oxy about the crisis facing sports right now.  Despite sports enjoying a historical high point in terms of popularity it also faces a growing number of scandals and crises.

November 1, 2017

Glen Fukushima returned to his native California and visited Occidental College to deliver a lecture at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs on October 24, 2017. Mr. Fukushima discussed the United States’ past relations with Japan under the Obama administration as well as the current relations with Japan under the Trump administration.