Off-the-Record is an independent lecture series affiliated with the Foreign Policy Association. Off-the-Record hosts daytime lectures at the New York City Bar Building and evening events at private clubs throughout the city, providing a unique forum for members to hear and question renowned foreign policy practitioners and thinkers on a regular basis.

Off-the-Record was founded in 1938 by a group of 19 women who were barred from actively participating in discussions at the Foreign Policy Association. Today, OTR has grown to almost 700 members, women and men alike, and is run by a volunteer Board of Governors.

Past OTR speakers include Fareed Zakaria, Thomas Friedman, Christiane Amanpour, Nicholas Kristof, Joseph Stiglitz, and Arianna Huffington. OTR will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in the coming 2012-2013 season, which will feature events with Richard Haass, Robert Kagan, Ian Bremmer, Parag Khanna, Francis Fukuyama, and many exciting others.


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