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. 

Register for the series or individual programs.

NEW to the Council and its members: "The Global Mixer," an informal, Zoom-based conversation about the Great Decisions topic of the week, other world issues members wish to discuss, and light-hearted banter about global culture, food, and travel. Join Council member Cathy Dopp, the Council staff, and other Council members every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in February and March for an hour (or so) of global banter--and bring your favorite beverage!

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Engage with our experts

February 8
"North Korea: Getting Diplomacy Back on Track"
Suzanne DiMaggio 
Senior fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
sponsored by Friends of Great Decisions
Rescheduled: February 23
"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
Link to publications available for purchase from this speaker
Snowcraft Infectious Disease Information Platform
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 Business and Global Supply Chains"
Judy Samuelson, founder and executive director, Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
with moderator Brian Kraus, Vice President, Global Manufacturing, Amway
sponsored by Steelcase
Six New Rules of Business
March 8
"Sustainable Globalization Post- COVID-19"
Julia Luscombe
Managing Director of Strategic Planning, Feeding America
sponsored by The Vernis Schad 2021 Lectureship for Women in Global Studies
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
sponsored by Montcalm Community College
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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Want to dig deeper? The FPA offers program resources, including briefing books that cover each topic.

Series Sponsor:

Sponsor logo: Wolverin Worldwide

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Media Sponsors:

Topic Sponsors:

Friends of Great Decisions

The Vernis Schad 2021 Lectureship for Women in Global Studies

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:

     Arctic Ecology Program (AEP) at Grand Valley State University   

Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL)     Citizens Climate Lobby of Grand Rapids   

City of Holland   Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum     

Grand Rapids Sister Cities International   Kent District Library     

U.S. Commercial Services - Grand Rapids 

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