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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

Past Programming

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 University

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.

Support the series through our Friends of Great Decisions campaign. 

Click on speakers' images or topic titles for more information on topic and speaker

Engage with our experts

Feb. 10 and 11
"Kashmir: Flashpoint between India and Pakistan"
Raza Ahmad Rumi
Director, Park Center for Independent Media, Ithaca College
sponsored by Friends of the World Affairs Council
Feb. 17 and 18
"Mirror to the World: The Philippines under Duterte"
Julie McCarthy
International correspondent, Manila Bureau, NPR
sponsored by Grand Valley State University
Feb. 24 and 25
"Regional Security in the Red Sea"
Steve Dalzell
Senior defense policy researcher, RAND Corporation
sponsored by Calvin University
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Mar. 2 and 3
“'Green Peacebuilding': Justice in the Face of Climate Change"



Due to a personal emergency, our Great Decisions speaker, Dr. Marisa Ensor of Georgetown University will not be joining us for our presentations on climate change. However, we will still provide a forum for information and discussion on this important topic at our regularly scheduled times: tonight, Monday March 2, at Aquinas College’s Performing Arts Center (6-7:15 pm) and tomorrow, Tuesday March 3, at Calvin University’s Recital Hall in the CFAC (noon-1 pm). Join us for these events—free of charge to all of our corporate, educational, and senator members—and to the general public as well (regular charge $10).


For questions, please call our office at 616.776.1721 or email

Marisa O. Ensor
Justice and Peace Studies Program & Institute for the Study of International Migration, School of Foreign Service,
Georgetown University
sponsored by The World Affairs Council Endowment Fund
Mar. 9 and 10
"Human Trafficking: Global and Local Perspectives" 
Panel moderated by Rachel VerWys
Co-creator, Solutions to End Exploitation (SEE)
sponsored by Aquinas College
Spectrum Health
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 Friends of the World Affairs Council
Mar. 30 and 31
"Central American Immigration and U.S. Foreign Policy"
Sonia Nazario
Pulitzer-winning journalist and author of Enrique's Journey
sponsored by The Association for a More Just Society (AJS)
The Vernis Schad International Speaker Fund

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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Series Sponsor:

Sponsor logo: Wolverin Worldwide

Livestream Sponsor:

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Media Sponsors:

Sponsor logo: Blue Lake Public Radio
Sponsor logo: Community Media Center

Topic Sponsors:

Sponsor image: Montcalm Community College

Host campuses:

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Educational Partners:

Aquinas College      Calvin University     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 a More Just Society (AJS)     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     

Hispanic Center of W. Michigan     Kent District Library     Kent Intermediate School District     

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

Treetops Collective    West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)