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  September 28, 2006

George Soros, the internationally renowned investor, Soros Fund Management chairman and founder of the Open Society Institute, will headline the 16th conference in the Organization of American States (OAS) Lecture Series of the Americas, scheduled for next Tuesday, October 3, at OAS headquarters in Washington. “Challenges to Open Society” is the topic Soros will address during the lecture, which begins at 3:00 p.m.

Born in 1930 in Budapest, Hungary, Soros moved to England in 1947, later graduating from the London School of Economics. He then settled in the United States, where he has been an active philanthropist. His philanthropic network is active in more than 50 countries around the world, promoting the values of democracy and an open society. Soros is the author of nine books, including most recently The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror. He writes regularly on politics, society and economics.

Soros will take questions from the audience immediately after his main presentation, which will be transmitted live on the OAS Web site ( The event will be broadcast by radio and television at a date to be announced.

Created by the OAS Permanent Council to promote democratic principles and values in the countries of the hemisphere, the LectureSeries of the Americas invites recognized speakers to address key hemispheric issues, such as the strengthening of democracy, human rights, social development, hemispheric security and the fight against poverty. The conferences are being held thanks to a financial contribution from Peru’s San Martín de Porres University, as well as support from the governments of Greece and the state of Qatar.

WHAT: George Soros speaks at OAS on “Challenges to Open Society”

WHEN: Tuesday, October 3, 2006

TIME: 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

VENUE: Hall of the Americas
Organization of American States
17th Street & Constitution Ave., NW

Reference: AVI-086/06