Ambassador Ryan Crocker
Career Ambassador, United States Foreign Service
"Reflections on the Arab Spring"
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Ambassador Ryan Crocker, one of America’s most experienced diplomats in the Middle East, will address the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on May 30th on how the Arab Spring uprisings came to pass and where the current turmoil might lead in the future. Read more
Director, Pandora's Promise
Monday, June 3, 2013
George Lucas Bldg - USC School of Cinematic Arts
"The Friedkin Connection"
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The Intercontinental Hotel
William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director best known for making The French Connection and The Exorcist, will talk to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on June 11th. Friedkin, who just released his memoir, “The Friedkin Connection”, has directed movies, television shows, operas and theater over a six-decade career that has risen high, fallen low, and then risen again. Read more
A View from Russia's Parliament
Russian Member of Parliament
The US Economy Over the Next Four Years
Lawrence H. Summers
Former Treasury Secretary
Making the US Education System Competitive Globally
Former Chancellor, Washington DC Public Schools
The Council has an active group of students and young profes- sionals. Learn more about the Young Professionals program here.
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