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Great Decisions returns for 34th year at MC

The topic “Defense Technology” will kick off the 34th year of the Great Decisions series in a new location at Monmouth College on Jan. 22.
Adam Johnson, a sophomore political science major from Chicago, will introduce the topic at 7:30 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium of the college’s new Center for Science and Business. Approximately one hour of group discussion will follow his remarks.
“The discussants are a rare, maybe even unique, combination of community members, faculty and students,” observed political science professor Ira Smolensky, one of the program coordinators, who will lead the series’ final program on March 19. “Those of us who venture out on chilly winter evenings to participate in Great Decisions are not only exercising our vocal cords and enjoying the joy of discussion. We are also ‘doing something’ about the world in which we live.”
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 Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium.
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. 
For those who don’t mind a little homework, a companion guide called “Great Decisions 2014” can be ordered online at It includes eight chapters, each of which takes about a half-hour to read.
“The book is optional, but I encourage people to read it because it presents an excellent and well-balanced introduction to each topic and does so in a very non-partisan way,” said Smolensky.
For more information about Great Decisions at Monmouth College, contact Smolensky at 309-457-2102 or Mohsin Masood at 309-457-2113. Each of the sessions will be hosted by Masood and by Ruby Pentsil-Bukari.