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Great Decisions Series

The McDonough Center brings The Great Decisions Series to the Mid-Ohio Valley in order to promote community discussion on current international issues. The series is part of an annual national project organized by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA), with headquarters in New York City. According to its website, FPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to “inspiring the American public to learn more about the world.” Founded in 1918, the Foreign Policy Association serves as “a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding of, and providing informed opinions on global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.”
The Great Decision Series is held at McDonough on Sunday afternoons for six weeks beginning in January. An upper-class McDonough Scholar serves as the program coordinator. The weekly sessions are divided into two parts: (1) Guest speaker (review of the topic by an expert in the field); and (2) discussion of the topic facilitated by the leadership students. The McDonough Scholars are trained in facilitation and use this discussion as an opportunity to practice their leadership skills. Before adjourning, each participant completes an opinion ballot. The ballot information then is sent to FPA, which drafts a report showing public opinion on pertinent topics involving U.S. foreign policy.
FPA recently featured on its website the McDonough model for bringing the series to communities around the country. Please click HERE to read the FPA story about McDonough.
The 2017 Great Decisions Series at McDonough
(January 22-February 26, 2017)
Location: The McDonough Center at Marietta College (Robert E. Evans Case Study Room 205)
Time: Sunday afternoons from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Program Coordinator: Emily Brown (Cohort 28)
Great Decisions 2017 Topics:
JANUARY 22: Trade and Politics
JANUARY 29: Conflict in the South China Sea
FEBRUARY 5: U.S Foreign Policy and Petroleum
FEBRUARY 12: Saudi Arabia in Transition
FEBRUARY 19: Nuclear Security
FEBRUARY 26: The Future of Europe
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