Saturday, May 11, 2013

hosted by Maitripa College at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland

9:30-11:30 am

“Universal Responsibility & the Global Environment” An Environmental Summit

Moderator: David Miller

Speakers: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, David Suzuki, Andrea Durbin, and Governor John Kitzhaber

How do we move from facts and inspiration to change through direct action? What ethical and scientific foundations, and awareness and support from their constituencies, do public policy makers and activists need to advocate for and implement change? What kinds of actions have the potential to increase environmental conservation, environmental justice, and protection of the diversity of life on the planet?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be among a panel of political and environmental leaders discussing the roles of science, media, and policy makers in catalyzing environmental action globally and in the Northwest.

1:30 pm

“Inspiration for the Global Environment” A Public Talk

Welcome & His Holiness the Dalai Lama Introduction: Darren Aronofsky

Speakers: His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Thubten Jinpa, Translator

Facing large challenges and being confronted with the facts of the global environmental crisis can feel overwhelming and paralyzing. How can we transform feelings of helplessness and hopeless into conviction that, as individuals, we can make a difference in caring for our environment? How can an ethics for this century lead us towards positive changes as global citizens?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama offer inspirational reflections in this powerful conclusion to the Environmental Summit  at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 11 at 1:30 p.m. entitled “Inspiration for the Global Environment.” The World Affairs Council is a sponsor of this event.


There is one ticket for both sessions. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, February 25th at 10am PST. >Visit the Tickets page for all details and links to purchase tickets.


Veterans Memorial Coliseum | 300 N. Winning Way | Portland, OR 97227

About the Participants:

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. >Please click here for a short biographical summary and links to additional information about the life and activities of His Holiness

Darren Aronofsky

Academy Award Nominated Director Darren Aronosfky was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  His most recent film, BLACK SWAN, won Natalie Portman the Academy Award for Best Actress and received four other nominations, including one for Best Picture.  The film received scores of other accolades, appeared on over 200 critical Top Ten lists, and swept the 2011 Independent Spirit Award with wins for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Cinematography.  Aronofsky is currently at work on NOAH, based on the biblical story of Noah’s ark. The film stars Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins, and shot in Iceland and New York this past summer and fall. Prior to BLACK SWAN, Aronofsky directed The Wrestler and also wrote and directed The Fountain, a science-fiction romance starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. MTV’s Kurt Loder called the film “a classic; dazzling and visually intoxicating” and Glenn Kenny from Premiere stated that The Fountain “may well restore your faith in the idea that a movie can take you out of the mundane and into a place of wonderment.”

Andrea Durbin

Andrea Durbin is Executive Director of Oregon Environmental Council. In 2012, she was named a ‘Woman of Influence” by the Portland Business Journal. In 2011, she was named one of the Pacific Northwest’s Pivotal Leaders and one of Portland’s 50 most influential people by Portland Monthly magazine. Portland Business Journal recognized her as one of Portland’s ‘Fabulous Under 40’ leaders in 2010. She sits on the Oregon Global Warming Commission, and is also a board member of the US Climate Action Network. Before moving to Oregon, Andrea worked as an independent consultant based in Brussels Belgium and Washington, DC, focused on establishing environmental and social standards for the financial sector. She has authored articles on the topics of globalization, finance and trade issues as they relate to the environment, testified before Congress and served as an NGO Representative on the US delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). A native of the Pacific Northwest, she lives in Portland with her husband and her two children.

Governor John Kitzhaber

Governor John Kitzhaber studied medicine at the University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU). He practiced emergency room medicine in Roseburg, Oregon, where he developed an interest in health care public policy. This interest, along with his deep concern for the livelihoods of rural Oregonians and a deep love for Oregon’s natural heritage and vast natural resources, led to a career in public service. He served one term in the Oregon House of Representatives, followed by three terms in the Oregon State Senate, and served as Senate President from 1985 to 1993. Kitzhaber was elected Governor of Oregon in 1994 and 1998 and won an unprecedented third term as Governor in 2010. During his third term, he has worked to transform Oregon’s public education and health care systems to deliver better and more accountable results. Some of his significant accomplishments include launching the Oregon Health Plan, the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds, and a new 10-Year Energy Action Plan, which is focused on energy efficiency, conservation, and increasing Oregonians’ use of renewable energy.

David Miller

David Miller is the host of “Think Out Loud,” a daily radio show on Oregon Public Broadcasting. He came to OPB from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was the senior producer of the nationally distributed show “Open Source.”

He began his radio career at Sound Portraits Productions in New York City, where he worked on documentaries that aired on various newsmagazines, including “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition,” and “Weekend Edition.”


David Suzuki

Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 28 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the multi-award winning long-running CBC science and natural history television series The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It’s a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. In 1990 he co-founded The David Suzuki Foundation to work with “government, business and individuals to conserve our environment by providing science-based education, advocacy and policy work for social change that today’s situation demands”. His written work includes more than 54 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and family in Vancouver, B.C.