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Great Decisions series to start Jan. 14

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The Great Decisions lecture series, an annual discussion program produced by the Foreign Policy Association and presented by the University of North Georgia, returns for the fourth consecutive year beginning Jan. 14.

The eight-week series will run Jan. 14 through March 7 at UNG's Cumming and Gainesville campuses. The series offers participants the opportunity to explore global issues impacting our economy and world politics with the university's expert faculty members. The second half of each program is set aside for audience questions and discussion. 

All sessions will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and participation is free and open to the public.

In Hall County, the series will be held on Mondays on the Gainesville campus in the Martha Nesbitt Building, Cleveland Room 3110A. The series will be held on Thursdays on the Cumming campus, room 162. Last year's sessions each drew 50 to 75 people.

The national Great Decisions editorial board selects eight new topics each year, based on the most pressing global issues and regions. The topics are featured in an accompanying briefing book, which will be available for sale at each of the upcoming discussion sessions but is not required for participation. The topics also are featured in the Great Decisions Television Series airing nationally on PBS stations. Information for additional study and research, including online resources and suggested reading, on all eight topics also is available on the Foreign Policy Association website.

This year's sessions are:

  • Jan. 14 and 17 - "Iran," presented by Dr. Christopher Jespersen, dean of the College of Arts & Letters
  • Jan. 21 and 24 - "Myanmar and Southeast Asia," presented by Dr. Richard Byers, associate professor, Department of History, Anthropology, Religion, and Philosophy
  • Jan. 28 and 31 - "NATO," presented by Dr. Craig Greathouse, associate professor, Department of International Affairs and Political Science
  • Feb. 4 and 7 - "Threat Assessment," presented by Dr. Dlynn Armstrong-Williams, head of the Department of International Affairs and Political Science
  • Feb. 11 and 14 - "China in Africa," presented by Dr. Sungshin Kim, assistant professor, Department of History, Anthropology, Religion, and Philosophy
  • Feb. 18 and 21 - "Egypt," presented by Dr. Victoria Hightower, assistant professor, Department of History, Anthropology, Religion, and Philosophy
  • Feb. 25 and 28 - "Future of the Euro," presented by Dr. Lance Bardsley, assistant professor, Department of International Affairs and Political Science
  • March 4 and 7 - "Humanitarian Intervention," presented by Dr. Randy Parish Jr., professor, Department of International Affairs and Political Science

Printable Schedule (PDF)

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