Great Decisions Global Discussions 

 

 

Livestreamed to YouTube

Mondays 6 - 7:15 PM

Know the World, then Change the World

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

lead conversations on global issues that impact us locally.

February 8 through March 29, 2021

Virtual events. Public invited.

Webinars will be viewable live and as archives.

$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.

Support the series through our Friends of Great Decisions campaign. 

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Engage with our experts

February 8
"North Korea: When Diplomacy Fails"
 
Suzanne DiMaggio 
Senior fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
February 15
"Have We Learned Anything about this Pandemic?"
Andrew Natsios
Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M
February 22
"The European Union: The New Agenda Post-Brexit"
Tomas Baert 
Head of Trade and Agriculture, European Delegation to the U.S.
sponsored by Bank of America
March 1
"The Future of Global Supply Chains"
Speaker to be announced
with moderator Brian Kraus, Aquinas College
March 8
"Sustainable Globalization Post- COVID-19"
Julia Luscombe
Managing Director of Strategic Planning, Feeding America
March 15
"The Melting Arctic"
Kaare Sikuaq Erickson
North Slope Science Liaison, Ukpeaġvik Inupiat Corporation 
 
Bob Hollister
Leader of Artic Ecology Program (AEP), Grand Valley State  Univ. 
March 22
"China in Africa and the Case of Ghana"
Elizabeth Asiedu
Professor of Economics, University of Kansas
Mar. 29
"The Saudi-Arabian- U.S. Relationship: Decades in the Making"
Thomas W. Lippman 
author, consultant, and lecturer

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 University     Central Michigan 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      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)

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