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 22, 2016

With his encyclopedic knowledge of the United Nations, Stephen Schlesinger was an informative speaker whose talk, "The UN and the US after Obama," concluded United Nations Week by reflecting back on the history of the UN and predicted its future trajectory.

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February 18, 2016

United Nations Week has served as a focal point for bringing together speakers, presentations and visual media to summarize and analyze issues surrounding international governance.

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January 28, 2016

Former U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow visited Occidental College early in the spring semester, kicking off the 2016 Young Future of Diplomacy Series, coordinated by Oxy’s Director of Global Affairs Ambassador Derek Shearer.

January 28, 2016

As a scholar with close personal ties to Occidental College, Dr. Warigia Bowman was excited to be on campus on Monday, Jan. 25. A professor of African politics at the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service, Dr. Bowman spoke about her recent research regarding hate speech and the use of text messaging in the 2013 Kenyan elections. 


December 1, 2015

On November 19, students filled the Johnson Atrium to see Stephen Walt, preeminent international relations scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School, give his talk "Follies, Foibles, and Fiascoes: Why American Foreign Policy keeps Failing."

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November 16, 2015

Journalist Juliana Barbassa visited Occidental College on Thursday, November 12, 2015 to speak at two events.

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November 5, 2015

Just before the lunch hour on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs hosted Norwegian author Unni Turrettini in the Johnson Global Atrium.

October 28, 2015

On Monday, October 26, 2015, Occidental College hosted "Sexualities, Genders, and Rights: Histories and Futures." Resident Professor Anthony Chase of Diplomacy and World Affairs organized the event presented by the William and Elizabeth Kahane United Nations Program at

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October 19, 2015

I have found that one of the most important resources that every student can and should take advantage of here at Oxy is the wide assortment of guests that the department will bring in. It never ceases to amaze me the number of famous well-known figures that come. Speakers like Howard Dean and Strobe Talbot.

September 30, 2015

The last academic year has proven to be exceptionally productive for the Young Initiaitve at Occidental College.