Great Decisions

Bringing the campus and community together to discuss America’s place in the world


Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs, sponsored by the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association (FPA).  Spring of 2024 will mark the 44th year we have offered this program at Monmouth College. This will take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:30, starting January 31, 2024.


Our Great Decisions events are open to all and we always have participants from community members from all over Western Illinois, in addition to the students, staff, and faculty who attend. These individuals bring a diverse array of experiences and viewpoints, which greatly enriches our conversation about important global events and provides for some lively and memorable discussions!

Each topic in the series is introduced by a speaker for about 30 minutes, followed by a general discussion. Our speakers bring their own distinct perspectives to critical global issues. In the past, these speakers have included faculty from academic fields ranging from Anthropology to French Studies and Political Science, as well as individuals from our community and US diplomats. The Foreign Policy Association also produces written materials and video for the series, which are available through their website or by contacting Center for Civic and Social Change Director Michael Nelson.

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, International Studies, Office of Intercultural Life, and the Center for Civic and Social Change

Contact: Center for Civic and Social Change Director Michael Nelson

Free and Open to the Public.