Great Decisions meetings normally meet the 4th Monday of the month (February-June & September-November). Terrific topics are lined up in advance, with excellent speakers. We meet at 7 pm in the Peace Chapel on the dates listed below. If you are interested in attending, please contact Janet Jacobson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-690-0483. All are welcome to attend these meetings. There is a small charge to attend if you are not a member of the Great Decisions group.
Topics in 2017:
1) The Future of Europe; 2) Trade and Politics; 3) Conflict in the South China Sea; 4) Saudi Arabia in Transition; 5) U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum; 6) Latin America’s Political Pendulum; 7) Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan; and 8) Nuclear Security.
September 25—Latin America’s Political Pendulum
Speaker: Bruce Campbell is a professor of Hispanic Studies at the College of St. Benedict and St. Johns University. He earned his B.A. in Spanish and Government at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg Virginia, and his M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont. His Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society is from the University of Minnesota. His academic interests include cultural politics in Latin America, globalization, and contemporary narrative in the Americas.
October 23—Conflict in the South China Sea
Speaker: Richard Bohr is a professor of history and Director of Asian Studies, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. He co-directs their Asian Studies Learning Community. Dr. Bohr writes, speaks, and advises widely on U.S.-Asia relations, and consults for American businesses in Asia. He was President of the Midwest China Center and Executive Director of the Minnesota Trade Office. He has led numerous delegations to Asia and has participated in documentary programs for Minnesota Public Radio and PBS television. He holds a Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History from the University of California-Davis.
November 27—Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Speaker: Gary Prevost is professor of political science and international relations at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Prevost has authored numerous books and articles on revolutionary parties and social movements. He regularly teaches a course on the Politics of the Middle East and lectures often on Middle East topics for the Great Decisions program.