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2019 Great Decisions Global Discussion Series at Calvin College

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Migration, cybersecurity, China and trade, and the state of the State Department. The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan once again tackles important global issues in its annual Great Decisions series, scheduled for February and March of 2019.

The series features diplomats, policy makers and practitioners, think tank specialists and journalists, using their diverse expertise to lead conversations on the following topics:

February 4 (AQ) and 5 (CC): “State of the State Department,” Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, president of the American Foreign Service Association
February 11 (AQ) and 12 (CC): “Democracy on the Run: Dispatches from Eastern Europe,” Carol Schaeffer, freelance journalist
February 18 (AQ) and 19 (CC): “Immigration Policy Beyond the Border,” Ambassador Jim Nealon, former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras
February 25 (AQ) and 26 (CC): “A New Nuclear Arms Race?” Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association
March 4 (AQ) and 5 (CC): “China-U.S. Trade War,” Amy Celico, Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG)
March 11 (AQ) and 12 (CC): “Life after the Arab Uprisings and the Islamic State,” Rania Abouzeid, author of No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria (just named a NYT “Notable Book” for 2018)
March 18 (AQ) and 19 (CC): “Global Cyber Threats,” Peter Jolliffe, FBI
March 25 (AQ) and 26 (CC): “Mexico and the U.S.: The Economic Ties that Bind,” Carlos Capistran, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Mexico City)

This year, the series will offer two options to hear these respected speakers live: Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Aquinas College (AQ) Performing Arts Center and Tuesday at noon at Calvin College (CC) in the Recital Hall of the Covenant Fine Arts Center. Each of the eight presentations scheduled for 2019 also features a question-answer session.

Cost to attend the discussion is $10 per presentation, and $60 for a series pass. No reservations are needed. World Affairs Council of Western Michigan’s Corporate and Senator members attend free—as do the students, faculty and staff of WACWM member institutions: Aquinas, Calvin, Davenport, Ferris State, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State, Kendall, Montcalm Community College, and Western Michigan. The Council also broadcasts the series live to educational partners Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI) and Rhine-Waal University (Germany).

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 available on WACWM’s website:

2019 Great Decisions Global Discussion Series at Calvin College
  • Times:  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • February 5, 2019 to March 26, 2019
  • Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center
  • $10 general admission. Free to our educational partners and corporate members. Free to senator members. No reservations needed.
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday