Published January 15, 2015

Great Decisions turns 35

Discussion forum returns on Jan. 21 with Urban’s talk on Russia
The topic “Russia and the Near Abroad” will kick off the 35th year of the Great Decisions series in a new location at Monmouth College on Jan. 21.
 
William Urban, MC’s Lee L. Morgan Professor of History and International Studies, will introduce the topic at 7:30 p.m. in the Moot Board Room (Room 276) in the college’s 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, a longtime coordinator of the program, who will lead a discussion later in the series. “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 Moot Board Room.
 
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 2015” can be ordered online at www.fpa.org. It includes eight chapters, each of which takes about a half-hour to read.
 
For more information about Great Decisions at Monmouth College, or to obtain a copy of the guide, contact hosts Mohsin Masood at 309-457-2113 and Ruby Pentsil-Bukari at 309-457-3612.
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