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.

Image for A Conversation with Unni Turrettini
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

Image for A Conversation with Tarja Halonen
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.

February 9, 2015

View the full talk given by Dr. Kathryn Sikkink here. For more information, please see blog post above.


Image for Douglas Johnson: The Costs and Consequences of the US Decision to Use Torture
February 9, 2015

In his talk on "The Costs and Consequences of Torture," Doug Johnson examined the morality and logic of US foreign policy decisions that led to the use of torture in Guantanamo Bay. In authorizing torture, the United States had to break our own eighth amendment and the fifth amendment.

Image for Kathryn Sikkink: Human Rights as a Tool for Emancipation
February 9, 2015

This past Monday, February 9th, 2015, Dr. Kathryn Sikkink visited Occidental College to give a talk entitled "Human Rights as a Tool for Emancipation."  I had the pleasure of hearing both her official talk, given to Occidental’s first-year class as a part of the Core Program’s lecture series, as well as attending a smaller lunch between Dr. Sikkink and students. Dr.