About the Program

The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country. Begun in 1954, it is the flagship program of the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental organization. The Great Decisions Program's goal is to discuss, debate, and learn about International Affairs, National Security, and U.S. Foreign Policy.
 
Who Should Attend and Why

The Great Decisions Program is for anyone who desires to gain a deeper understanding of the current challenges the United States faces in the world today, from the threat of global terrorism to environmental issues, globalization, and development. Teachers, educators, students, military personnel (active and retired), business people, service organizations and clubs, political organizations, and international community groups will all benefit by gaining a greater appreciation for the complex international issues we face as a nation today.

Cost

Click membership for series prices.  Individual lectures are $10 each.  Full time students admitted free of charge.

Times and locations
 
Each GD presentation is given at four separate locations (admission and membership charges differ among satellite venues):
Tuesday, 7:30pm, Asheville (UNCA, Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center)
Wednesday, 10:00am, Hendersonville (Blue Ridge Community College, Bo Thomas Auditorium)
Wednesday, 3:00pm, Brevard (Brevard College, McLarty Lecture Hall)
Thursday, 2:00pm, Columbus (Isothermal Community College)
 
"Great Decisions 2015" booklets may be ordered (individually or by groups) from Maureen White; UNC Charlotte International Programs/Great Decisions
9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28223; Maureen.White@uncc.edu; 704-687-6778

Presentations:

DATE:  Tuesday, February 7th, at 07:30 p.m.   
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Latin America’s Political Pendulum."
SPEAKER: Maria Moreno, MHU Professor of French -- & native of Venezuela.

DATE:  Tuesday, February 14th, at 07:30 p.m.     
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Conflict in the South China Sea."
SPEAKER: Jim Lenburg, emeritus professor of History at MHU with wide interests and experiences in China.

DATE:  Tuesday, February 21st, at 07:30 p.m.  
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Nuclear Security."
SPEAKER: Rick Devereaux, career Air Force officer and student of DOD military strategy.

DATE:  Tuesday, February 28th, at 07:30 p.m. 
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Saudi Arabia in Transition."
SPEAKER: Larry Wilson, Ohio, NC college provost - founder of a Women's University in UAE.

DATE:  Tuesday, March 7th, at 07:30 p.m.      
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "US Foreign Policy and Petroleum."
SPEAKER: Jennifer Schiff, International Relations political scientist at Western Carolina University.

DATE:  Tuesday, March 14th, at 07:30 p.m.     
PLACE:  Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center, UNCA (click for map)
TOPIC:  "Trade and Politics."
SPEAKER: Julie Snyder, former Commerce Dept official who has had wide experience in State Dept trade negotiations & monitorings.

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