Lecture Cascadia: Our geology, our selves
University of Portland environmental scientist Robert Butler explores the long, varied geologic history of the Pacific Northwest and the forces at work beneath Earth’s surface. Butler is joined by Mercy Corps Director for U.S. Disaster Preparedness & Community Resilience, Susan Romanski, who brings new insight to the case that any disaster response is only as strong as the community’s readiness.May 25, 2017 // 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Lecture Coming of Age, Part II: A day in the life
Hear from Mercy Corps Senior Global Communications Officer and first responder Christy Delafield as she shares inspiring stories of youth forging a stronger future — from a student thriving in Zaatari refugee camp to a young Syrian break dancer — despite coming of age in conflict.May 16, 2017 // 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Lecture Globalization: Where are we now?
Don’t miss your chance to hear from noted Yale professor Jeffrey E. Garten as he examines the evolution of globalization and discusses how and what the international community must do to adapt in modern times. Garten draws from his new book, From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives.April 27, 2017 // 7:00 — 8:30 pm
Lecture Coming of Age, Part I: The road to resilience
Please join us for a field update from Regional Youth and Adolescent Advisor, Amie Wells, and Project Coordinator, Noura Shahed, as they discuss Mercy Corps youth programming in the Middle East that has empowered more than 12,000 adolescents in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.April 11, 2017 // 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Lecture Great Decisions: Afghanistan and Pakistan
Join us at Portland State University for the World Affairs Council Great Decision lecture series. Mercy Corps Deputy Regional Program Director, Najia Hyder, will discuss whether the incoming U.S. administration faces a no win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan.January 20, 2017 // 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Location: Portland State University
Community Dear Aleppo: We are with you
Many Portlanders have been watching the horrific violence unfolding in Aleppo, Syria this past week, and are asking how they can get involved and help. Bring your family and friends to the Action Center this Wednesday to write and send messages of support to Mercy Corps aid workers in Syria and the people they are helping. Hot beverages, snacks and many colorful markers provided.December 21, 2016 // 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lecture The Neuroscience of Displacement: Helping refugee youth reclaim their future
Head to OMSI on November 15 to hear Mercy Corps Youth Director, Matt Streng, and OHSU Neuroscientist, Dr. Kristen Mackiewicz Seghete, describe the effects of prolonged stress on the adolescent brain and how this informs Mercy Corps’ programming for youth refugees in Syria and beyond.November 15, 2016 // 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Lecture Stories from the Field
You are invited to our annual field update as we share vivid stories about our work addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty. Join us at 5:30 for a special reception where you will have the chance to taste authentic food samples from Nigeria and Guatemala, learn about our programming in these two countries, and participate in various activities.November 10, 2016 // 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Lecture Measuring Peace: How conflict affects humanitarian and development issues
Join us for a panel discussion on November 3 when Michelle Breslauer from the Institute for Economics and Peace and Rebecca Wolfe from Mercy Corps, will discuss how conflict affects humanitarian and development issues in some of the most fragile countries in the world.November 3, 2016 // 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Lecture Shifting Boundaries in Global Migration
In 2015, 65.3 million people were displaced from their homes and many of them are seeking refuge across borders. Join us to hear attorney and immigration specialist, Daniel Costa, provide a current snapshot of the state of global migration and its effect on U.S. immigration.October 26, 2016 // 7:00 - 8:30 PM