Past Events

2022 Great Decisions Global Discussions


February 7 through March 28

In person and ​Livestreamed to YouTube 

6 - 7:15 PM (EST)

Watch the archives here.

Know the World, then Change the World

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

Engage with these experts with extended Q & A

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February 14
"Myanmar and Human Rights"

(please note this event will be virtual only)

Pratima Narayan
international human rights lawyer
sponsored by  Friends of Great Decisions
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February 21
"Conservation on Drugs: Challenges and Solutions"
This program was rescheduled from Feb. 7

Dr. Jennifer Devine 
Texas State University 
sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College
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February 24
"Global Cooperation in Space:
The Case of Mining and the Role of Law"

(please note this event will be held on a Thursday)

Dr. Frans von der Dunk
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

sponsored by  Eenhoorn LLC and the Netherland-America Foundation
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February 28
"Russia and the U.S."
(please note this event will be held at the Spectrum Theatre on GRCC’s campus)

Dr. Fiona Hill
former senior director, National Security Council 

Sponsored by Grand Valley State University
Link to Dr. Hill's book,
There Is Nothing For You Here
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March 7
"People in Transition:
Examining Global Demographic Changes"

(please note this event will be virtual only)

Dr. Mark Hugo Lopez
director, race and ethnicity research, Pew Research Center 
Sponsored by  Montcalm Community College
Link to Dr. Lopez' slide deck
Image of Richard M. Rossow
March 14
"India and the Quad Alliance"

Richard M. Rossow
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Sponsored by UFP Industries
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March 21
"Creating a Just Transition in Climate Change Policy"

Vonda Brunsting
Initiative for Responsible Investment, Harvard University

Sponsored by Calvin University
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Mar. 28
"Biden's Foreign Policy Agenda: 
How It Started and Where It's Going"

Elizabeth Shackelford 
Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs

Link to Ms. Shackelford's Book, The Dissent Channel

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Plus, join us for an additional program on

February 16

Implications of Industrial Policy on Manufacturing  

(please note this event will be a luncheon with separate cost and registration) 

Sridhar Kota
entrepreneur and Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan

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

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Media Sponsors:

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Sponsor logo: Community Media Center

Topic Sponsors:

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Friends of Great Decisions

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