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Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa: World Affairs Council brings Bono to Portland

Bono kicks off the 2004-5 season of the World Affairs Council of Oregon's International Speakers Series on October 20 at the Rose Garden.
Bono, the lead singer of U2, will kick off the 2004-5 season for the
World Affairs Council's International Speakers Series in Portland,
Oregon on October 20 at the Rose Garden.

The Irish rock star and social activist has gained worldwide
recognition for his work on AIDS in Africa and debt relief in
developing countries. As co-founder of the non-profit DATA (Debt,
AIDS, Trade, Africa) he has raised public awareness and put pressure
on developed nations to improve policies impacting African
countries. The New York Times recently cited Bono's work as one of
the reasons why President Bush promised an additional $30 billion,
over five years, to fight AIDS and poverty in Africa.

Before hearing Bono speak, interested individuals can learn about
Beaverton High School's 3-year effort to decommission land mines and
other high school service learning projects that will be displayed on
the concourse of the Rose Garden Arena as part of the Global Action
Fair. Over thirty schools are expected to participate in the fair
along with internationally focused non-profit organizations,
showcasing work in progress and encouraging others to become
involved. To engage youth in global action through From Awareness to
Action, the World Affairs Council will sponsor Global Action Forums
focused on issues raised by presenters in the International Speakers
Series and will provide resources to educators and students. The
Global Action Forums will be organized and hosted by area high
schools.

International Speakers Series:

October 20: Bono--Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa
Theatre of the Clouds, Rose Garden Arena
7 p.m.

December 7: William McDonough--All Sustainability is Local: A
Global Strategy
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7 p.m.

February 8: Jose Mariaaznar, Prime Minister of Spain (96-04)--
Terrorism and Democracy
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 6:30 p.m

March 10: Zbigniew Brzezinski, Former National Security Advisor-
With Us or Against Us: The Challenges of Global
Leadership
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7 p.m.

Tickets for the series are on sale now! Get yours by visiting
www.worldoregon.org or calling 503-552-9888.

For more information about the council's educational initiative From
Awareness to Action, come to the Global Action Fair on the Rose
Garden concourse before Bono's presentation or contact Jaylen at the
World Affairs Council: 503-274-7488.