Friday Forums, our lunchtime lecture series, engage audiences in issues of significance, prominence, urgency and humanity. From speeches by government and community leaders, to panel discussions about health, arts, technology and more, Friday Forums give complex subjects relevance and clarity, and keep Oregonians informed. City Club welcomes members and nonmembers to Friday Forums.
The Friday Forum Committee chooses the topics and speakers who present and co-sponsor. The Committee seeks over time to offer a diversity of perspectives. Unless noted, the topics and opinions expressed at City Club of Portland events are those of the speakers and not necessarily those of the City Club of Portland.
Oregon's higher education system is seriously underfunded. To begin to address this issue, Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Legislature passed new legislation to create independent trustee boards at Oregon State University, Portland State University, and University of Oregon. This allows OSU, PSU and UO the autonomy to hire and fire presidents, set tuition and fees, and oversee operations individually, instead of being part of the Oregon Board of Higher Education. President Wim Wiewel of PSU, President Edward Ray of OSU and President Michael Gottfredson of UO will discuss their perspectives on the new board structure, new collaborations, and rebuilding higher education. They will shine a light on their respective schools regarding research, academics, innovation, and work force development potential under a bold reform that could allow competitiveness for funding to push higher education forward.
Fresh from four years in Washington, D.C., at the helm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Dr. Lubchenco will share stories and reflections about her experiences with the federal agency in charge of weather forecasts and warnings, climate records and outlooks, nautical charts, stewardship of oceans in federal waters including management of fisheries, and the research, satellites and education that support those activities.