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Great Decisions returns for 37th year at Monmouth College

The topic “The Future of Europe: Coping with Crisis” will kick off the 37th year of the Great Decisions series at Monmouth College on Jan. 25.

Steve Oaks, a 2016 Monmouth political science graduate, will introduce this year’s opening topic at 7:30 p.m. in the Moot Board Room (Room 276) of the Center for Science and Business, 720 E. Broadway. A group discussion, which will last about an hour, will follow his remarks.

“Great Decisions is one of those unique programs that informs the community on a variety of important current global issues,” said Interim Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Mohsin Masood, one of the program’s co-hosts. “The speakers bring in a perspective which is very different from the one portrayed by the media. It is a great learning exercise for all.”

Since 1981, Great Decisions has operated as a forum where the public and the academic community can freely meet in a congenial setting and talk about world affairs. All eight Great Decisions programs this semester are free and open to the public. They will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Moot Board Room, concluding on March 22.

Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of foreign policy issues.

A companion guide, “Great Decisions 2017,” can be ordered online at It includes eight chapters, each of which takes about a half-hour to read. The readings are also available on reserve at the College’s Hewes Library.

For more information about Great Decisions at Monmouth College, contact Masood at or 309-457-2113 or the other co-host for the program, political science professor Ira Smolensky, at or 309-457-2102.