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 2022 will mark the 42nd year we have offered this program at Monmouth College. This will take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:30, starting February 2, 2022.

Our Schedule

February 2: Russia and the United States, with Professor Michael Nelson (Political Science)

February 9: Myanmar and ASEAN, with Kaung Khant Nyein (MC’20)

February 16: The Quad Alliance (Asia and the US), with Professor Caitlin Meagher (SOAN)

February 23: Industrial Policy, with Professor Jessica Vivian (Political Science)

[We will skip the first two weeks of March]

March 16: Outer Space, with Professor Solontoi

March 23: Drug Policy in Latin America, with Francisco √Āngeles

March 30: Climate Change, with Professors Tim Tibbetts (Biology), Jialin Li (SOAN), and Michael Nelson (Political Science)



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.

Free and Open to the Public.


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