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Great Decisions Series 2018

Jan 26, 2018 • by Wyomissing Public Library
World Issues Discussion

The Wyomissing Public Library will host the 2018 Great Decisions series beginning Wednesday, February 21 at 7 p.m. The eight-part series will continue through April 11th.

The Great Decisions series is produced by the Foreign Policy Association, whose mission, according to its website, is “to serve as  a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.”

Join in-depth discussions of world issues currently affecting U.S. policymakers. These weekly topics have been selected by the Great Decisions editorial board and are presented through a briefing book, short video program and thought-provoking discussion. The program length is approximately 90 minutes per session.

To sign up for Great Decisions 2018, please complete the registration form and return it to the Library with payment. The program fee includes a briefing book and is for all eight sessions. Briefing books are available for pick-up at the Library after your paid registration is received.

Through briefing books, videos and moderated discussions, the series offers “background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for discussion groups across the country.”

This year’s topics and facilitators locally include:

Feb. 21: The Waning of Pax Americana?, with Michelle Mart, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Penn State Berks

Feb. 28: Russia’s Foreign Policy, with Randall Newnham, Ph. D., Political Science Professor, Penn State Berks

Mar. 7:  China & America – the new Geopolitical Equation, with William Dramby, History Teacher, Wyomissing Area Jr/Sr. High School

Mar. 14: The Media & Foreign Policy, with Victoria Williams, Ph.D. Alvernia University

Mar. 21: Turkey – A Partner in Crisis with Farhad Saboon, Ph.D. Economics Professor at Albright College

Mar.28: US Global Engagement & The Military. Speaker TBA

Apr. 4:  South Africa’s Fragile Democracy, with Thomas Jay Lynn, Ph.D., Global Studies faculty, Penn State Berks

Apr. 11: Global Health – Progress & Challenges. Speaker TBA.

There is a program fee of $35 per person, or $40 for 2 people in the same household, which includes a briefing book and all eight sessions. Briefing books may be picked up at the library after paid registration is received. The form is available on the library website, and at the library, 9 Reading Boulevard in Wyomissing. 

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