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Final Decisions, garden talk

Barry McNamara
03/10/2011
Monmouth College will host a Great Decisions discussion and a Monmouth Associates program on March 16 and 17, respectively, in the Stockdale Center.

William Urban, Lee L. Morgan Professor of History & International Studies, will introduce the topic “The Caucasus” at the final Great Decisions program of the spring semester on March 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tartan Room.

The countries and regions of the Caucasus all have strong national identities but have long lived in the shadow of their larger neighbors – Russia, Iran and Turkey. Urban will discuss how that influences the Caucasus of today and how the region’s energy resources play into its relations with the outside world. Following his opening remarks, there will be approximately one hour of group discussion.

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 significant foreign policy issues.

English professor Craig Watson will present the program at the next monthly meeting of Monmouth Associates on March 17 at noon in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room.

In keeping with the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, Watson’s program is titled “It’s All About the Green.” He will present information on “Green and Growing: The Monmouth College Educational Garden,” which is located just east of the college’s Founders Village apartment complex. In addition to providing valuable hands-on experiences for MC students, the garden provides opportunities for field trips and project-based learning about sustainable gardening to the local community.

The program is free; an optional buffet lunch costs $9. Reservations can be made by calling 309-457-2316 by Feb. 14 or by e-mail at mcarwile@monm.edu.

A free shuttle van transports passengers from two locations to every Associates luncheon. The van will stop at the Faith United Presbyterian Church parking lot at 11:45 a.m. and at the northeast quadrant of the Public Square at approximately 11:50 a.m. It will return to both locations immediately following the program. Shuttle reservations should be made by calling the above number.