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Great Decisions Global Discussion Series

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020
  • 12:00 PM–1:15 PM
  • Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
  • $30

This course, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan and the Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning, tackles some of the most important global issues facing our nation in its annual Great Decisions Series. The lectures series meets for eight Tuesdays from 12:00 pm-1:15 pm.

Lecture topics include artificial intelligence, human trafficking, immigration, climate change, India and Pakistan, China in Latin America, Red Sea Security, and the Philippines. The series features diplomats, policy makers and practitioners, think tank specialists and journalists, using their diverse expertise to lead nonpartisan conversations on the following topics:

February 11: Kashmir: Flashpoint between India and Pakistan: Raza Ahmad Rumi, editor of the Daily Time (Pakistan) and director, department of journalism, Ithaca College

February 18: Mirror to the World: The Philippines under Duterte: Julie McCarthy, international correspondent, Manilla Bureau, NPR

February 25: Red Sea Security: Steve Dalzell of the Rand Corporation

March 3: Peace and Justice in a Climate Changing World: Dr. Marisa O. Ensor, Justice and Peace Studies Program & Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

March 10: Human Trafficking: Panel moderated by Calvin alum Rachel VerWys, Co-creator of Solutions to End Exploitation (SEE) 

March 17: Artificial Intelligence: Lindsey Sheppard from the Center for Strategic & International Studies 

March 24: China in Latin America: Margaret Myers, the director of the Asian & Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue

March 31: Northern Triangle: Sonia Nazario, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Enrique’s Journey


Calvin alumni and others can register for the 8-week course for a fee of $30 (normal fee is $60) here ,with the option of attending either in person or online. Each participant will receive a passcode to access the lectures online by Feb. 4. Students, faculty, and staff of Calvin University attend free.

WACWM is the local sponsor of Great Decisions, America’s largest discussion program on world affairs, produced by the New York City-based Foreign Policy Association (FPA). The Council has sponsored the series for more than 60 years.


More information on the series and the speakers is available here: any questions or to register by phone, please contact the CALL (Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning) office at 616- 526-8777.


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Location details

1795 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Parking is best at the DeVos Communications Building on the east side of the East Beltline, using the overhead walkway to cross the East Beltline onto the main campus.

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