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.

Heidi Haddad
October 24, 2018

Heidi Nichols Haddad is a Professor of Politics at Pomona College. 

Anand Grover
October 17, 2018

Anand Grover is a senior lawyer known for legal activism in Indian law relating to sexuality and HIV.

Manual Pastor
October 16, 2018

Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. 

Steve Erie
October 2, 2018

Steven P. Erie is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California San Diego

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.