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Great Decisions topics, schedule are announced

‘Islamic Awakening’ to begin eight-part series Jan. 24 at DCA

Great Decisions is a national, civic education program organized under the auspices of the Foreign Policy Association that encourages participants to learn about U.S. foreign policy and global issues and discuss differing viewpoints in a group setting.

The eight-part series of Great Decisions discussions in Middlesex will begin on January 24. Discussions will be held at the Deltaville Community Association (DCA) building starting at 10 a.m. The discussion leader for the day will offer an introduction to the subject for approximately 40 minutes, and then following a coffee and cookie break, there will be an open discussion in which everyone is urged to participate.

It is important to note that this year there will be one Friday on which the group will not meet. As the DCA building is not available on February 7, there will be no meeting of Great Decisions that day. 

The following is the schedule of topics and discussion leaders for this year:

  • January 24: “Islamic Awakening,” discussion leader Peter Bennett.
  • January 31: “Turkey,” discussion leader Courtney Turner.
  • February 7: No meeting.
  • February 14: “Energy Independence,” discussion leader John Koontz.
  • February 21: “Defense Technology,” discussion leader Bill Puttmann.
  • February 28: “Food And Climate,” discussion leader Tom Harris.
  • March 7: “Israel and the U.S.,” discussion leader Paul Andersen.
  • March 14: “U.S. Trade Policy,” discussion leader Pep Fuller.
  • March 21: “China’s Foreign Policy,” discussion leaderRoger Strough.

The book published by the Foreign Policy Association containing background information and commentary on each of these subjects is now available at both the Urbanna and Deltaville branches of the library. The cost is $20. Books also will be available at the Friday morning meetings.

“As those who have participated in Great Decisions in the past can attest, the meetings are a very worthwhile and interesting way to expand one’s knowledge on matters that are perhaps not the subject of most people’s dinner table conversation,” said a program spokesperson. “The authors of the articles in the Great Decisions book are experts on the subject and present the topics in a form that is concise and straightforward. In some instances discussion leaders have had personal experience dealing with some aspect of the topic, in other instances discussion leaders are simply members of the community who are willing to study up on the topic and lead an open discussion, which has frequently revealed that among the participants there may be individuals extremely knowledgeable on the subject. Everyone is urged to join the discussion.”

posted 01.15.2014

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