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WorldOregon Presents 2024 International Speaker Series— Mending the World

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


WorldOregon Presents
2024 International Speaker Series— Mending the WorldIn a year of landmark pivotal decisions, complex international challenges and conflict, and a polarized populace, WorldOregon invites audiences to explore four prescient, urgent topics — the transnational opioid crisis at home and abroad, the reckoning with race and identity within the U.S., the global scourge of tuberculosis, and how the human spirit might come together to heal the unimaginable scars of the past.
WorldOregon’s International Speaker Series, which began in 2000, is one of the nation’s premier platforms for international affairs, continuing its tradition of presenting a broad spectrum of the people, big ideas, and issues framing our role on the world stage.

Patron Tickets include 15 minute early entry, access to preferred GA seating section.

Premier Tickets include 15 minute early entry, access to preferred GA seating section, reception & a copy of Michele Norris’ book Our Hidden Conversations.

Ben Westhoff: Fentanyl, Inc.

Drawing on more than four years of investigations, Ben Westhoff, the first Western journalist to infiltrate fentanyl labs in China, explores the story of the drug’s origins in a legitimate laboratory, its hijacking by rogue chemists and its spread through transnational black markets—and how its pervasive damage might be contained.

Michele Norris: Our Hidden Conversations

Peabody Award–winning journalist and NPR host Michele Norris invites a transformative dialogue on race and identity in America. Drawing on her decade-long Race Card Project, Norris takes us on a journey into the heart of this country’s painful, complex and unrelenting battle with the salience and significance of race in our lives.

A Conversation with John Green: A World Without Tuberculosis

John Green (the bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and The Anthropocene Reviewed, etc. and one half of the Vlogbrothers) has become one of the leading voices in the fight against tuberculosis, the planet’s deadliest infectious disease, annually killing more people than COVID, malaria, or HIV. Green asks us to consider what it will take to end a disease that is not only imminently curable, but also preventable.

Paul Rusesabagina: Reconciling the Unimaginable

Paul Rusesabagina (whose story inspired the film Hotel Rwanda) reflects on reconciliation, forgiveness, and lessons yet to be learned from the Rwandan Genocide 30 years later. Released from prison in 2023 and now living in the U.S., Rusesabagina delves into the need to provide voice to victims of genocide and support peace efforts, and prevent future atrocities before they occur.


June 10
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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