Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Deborah and James Fallows

Tuesday, June 6, journalists and authors Deborah and James Fallows will speak together on "Understanding China."

Author and linguist Deborah Fallows has spent many years absorbing the culture, politics, and people of China, offering readers and audiences a vivid picture of the enormity of Chinese life through language. James Fallows is an award-winning correspondent for The Atlantic and has written extensively on the economic and political transformations occurring in China, as well as the crisis facing contemporary news media.

@DeborahFallows  @JamesFallows

The 2017 International Speaker Series, hosted by the World Affairs Council of Oregon, this year addresses the theme of “NEXT/NOW.” This event explores the horizon of major global ideas and issues alongside some of the most vibrant thinkers, writers, and doers of today.


The International Speaker Series began in 2000 in celebration of the World Affairs Council of Oregon’s 50th anniversary. Speakers have included Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Condoleezza Rice, Vicente Fox, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Madeleine Albright, Desmond Tutu, Sandra Day O’Connor, Bono, and Bill Moyers, among many others. Since its inception, the Series has become the nation’s premier speaker series presenting the people, ideas, and issues shaping our global future.


The 2017 series features:

  • Rick Steves: "Travel as a Political Act" | March 1
  • Tawakkol Karman: "Freedom & Democracy in the Middle East" | April 6
  • Shaun King: "The New Civil Rights & Global Justice" | May 4
  • Deborah & James Fallows: "Understanding China" | June 6


Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 2 at 10am.

$170 - Patron Level (Orchestra sections A & D, Rows A-E / Orch. sections B & C, rows A-G)
$130 - Premier Level (Orchestra sections A & D, Rows F-H/ Orch. sections A & D, Rows J & K inside 3 seats / Orch. sections B & C, Rows H-L / Dress Circle, Rows A & B)
$  77 - Reserved Level (Orchestra sections A & D, Rows J & K outside 4 seats/ Orch. sections A & D, Rows L-W / Orch. sections B & C, Rows M-W / Dress Circle, Rows C & D)
$  55 - General Admission (Orchestra sections, Row FF to back / Mezzanine / Lower Balcony)
$  32 - General Admission (Upper Balcony)
$  20 Student Tickets are general admission in the Upper Balcony.
*Service charges apply

View the series ticket seating map (pdf)


Current World Affairs Council of Oregon members can receive a 10% discount* off of ticket prices. Please visit to join or renew!
*Discount does not apply to Upper Balcony and Student level tickets.

While every effort is made to keep ticket prices affordable, we realize that the cost may be prohibitive for some people. In an effort to make tickets more accessible, we have scholarship tickets available. If you'd like to be considered for scholarship tickets, please contact the World Affairs Council at (503) 306-5252 or 


Additionally, the World Affairs Council of Oregon is a proud participating member of Arts for All. Anyone who receives food stamps (SNAP) and has the Oregon Trail Card is eligible to purchase individual International Speaker Series tickets for $5 at the Portland'5 Box Office (1111 SW Broadway Ave.; M-SA 10am-5pm). Please note: Purchases are available on the day of Series events and limited to two tickets per cardholder. You must show your Oregon Trail Card at the time of purchase and pay with cash or credit card. SNAP credit on the Oregon Trail Card cannot be used to buy tickets.

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall : Upcoming Events


Metropolitan Youth Symphony presents their spring downtown concert at the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer...

Showing: 06/04

World Affairs Council of Oregon welcomes Deborah and James Fallows to the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer...

Showing: 06/06

MagicSpace Entertainment presents Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass at Schnitzer...

Showing: 06/10

Portland Gay Men's Chorus presents The Divos concert at the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on...

Showing: 06/17

Goldenvoice welcomes Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on ...

Showing: 06/21

Portland'5 welcomes Lyle Lovett & His Large Band to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Monday, July 17,...

Showing: 07/17