Great Decisions Global Discussions 



Mondays 6 - 7:15 PM

Tuesdays 12 - 1 PM

Know the World, then Change the World

Diplomats, policy makers and practitioners, think tank specialists and journalists

leading the conversation

February 10 through March 31, 2020

Two options to attend:
Monday, 6-7:15 p.m.: Aquinas College Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, 12-1 p.m.: Recital Hall in the Covenant Fine Arts Center at Calvin College

Parking recommended next to the De Vos Communication Building or the Prince Conference Center, with covered access across E. Beltline taking you directly to the Covenant Fine Arts Center

$10 admission per discussion, $60 for a series pass

New topic and speaker each week

Free admission to WACWM corporate members and their employees; Senator members; and the faculty, staff and students of our educational partners.

No reservations needed. Free, convenient parking.

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Support the series through our Friends of Great Decisions campaign. 

Hear from our experts
Feb. 10 and 11
Climate Change
Ambassador Barbara Stephenson 
President, American Foreign Service Association
sponsored by Calvin College
Feb. 17 and 18
The Philippines
Carol Schaeffer
freelance journalist
sponsored by the Friends of Great Decisions
Feb. 24 and 25
"Regional Security in the Red Sea"
Steve Dalzell
Senior Defense Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
sponsored by
Mar. 2 and 3
India and Pakistan
Kelsey Davenport 
Arms Control Association
sponsored by The World Affairs Council Endowment Fund
Mar. 9 and 10
"Global and Local Perspectives on Human Trafficking"
Panel moderated by Rachel VerWys
Co-creator, Solutions to End Exploitation (SEE)
sponsored by AlphaMax Advisors
Mar. 16 and 17
"The Future is Now: Artificial Intelligence and National Security"
Lindsey Sheppard
Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
sponsored by Ash Lectureship at Montcalm Community College
Mar. 23 and 24
"China's Road into Latin America"
Margaret Myers
Director, Asia & Latin America Program, Inter-American Dialogue
sponsored by Price Walgren: A Division of George Koch Sons
Mar. 30 and 31
"Central American Immigration and U.S. Foreign Policy"
Sonia Nazario
Award-winning journalist and author of Enrique's Journey
sponsored by Association for a More Just Society (AJS)
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Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs, initiated by the Foreign Policy Association in New York City. 

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Educational Partners:

Aquinas College      Calvin College     Davenport University     Ferris State University

Grand Rapids Community College     Grand Valley State University

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University     Montcalm Community College Northern Michigan University      Rhein- Waal University, Germany

Western Michigan University

Community Partners:

Association for Public Justice     Bethany Global     

Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL)     Consular Corps of Michigan     

Cultural Intelligence Center     Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids     

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum     Grand Rapids Public Library   

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University     

Kent District Library     Kent Intermediate School District     

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Aquinas     Refugee Education Center

Treetops Collective    U.S. Global Leadership Coalition   

West Michigan World Trade Association (WMWTA)

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