Great Decisions 2022
A nine-part series about current global issues. The programs will be held starting on January 24th at 7:00 p.m.
Participation is limited to 15 people. Masks will be required. Programs will take place in-person in the community room.
The program fee is $35 for 1 person, $40 for 2 people in the same household. Includes a briefing book for all 9 sessions; the book may be picked up once the fee is paid.
Week 1: Outer Space
Monday, January. 24, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
The launch of Sputnik 1 in October 1957 marked the beginning of the space era and of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. in the 21st century, there are many more participants in space, including countries such as India and China, and commercial companies such as SpaceX. How will the United States fare in a crowded outer space? DAVID CARROLL, MODERATOR
Week 2: Changing Demographics
Monday, January. 31, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
CThe world experienced remarkable demographic changes in the 20th century that continue today and have resulted in far-reaching social, economic, political, and environmental consequences all over the globe. These consequences are creating mounting challenges to development efforts, security, the environment, as well as the sustainability of human populations. RANDALL NEWNHAM, PhD, MODERATOR
Week 3: Climate Change
Monday, February. 7, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
The ideological divide in the United States on the subject of climate change has impeded progress in curbing greenhouse emissions. But extreme weather events at both ends of the thermometer have focused attention on the consequences of inaction. What role will the United States play in future negotiations on climate? NEVIN HOLLINGER, MODERATOR
Week 4: Industrial Policy
*** Wednesday, *** February. 16, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
The current discussion of industrial policy in the United States is not simply about whether or not to support specific companies or industries, but about trust or mistrust of the governmen and its ability to manage the economy and deal with a rising China. The upheaval in supply chains during the pandemic exposed weaknesses in the international economy. What policies can the United States implement to deal with trade and the economy? SOLOMON LAUSCH, MODERATOR
Week 5: Quad Alliance
Monday, February. 28, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
As part of the U.S. pivot to Asia, the United States has been in dialogue with Japan, Australia, and India in an effort to contain China. Recently, the Quad countries held joint naval exercises in the South Pacific. How effective will the actions of this alliance be? LARRY COHEN, MODERATOR
Week 6: Drug Policy in Latin America
Monday, March. 7, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
The issue of migration to the United States from Latin America has overshadowed the war on drugs, which has been underway for decades with little signs of progress. What are the roots and the bureaucratic logic behind today's dominant drug policies in Latin America? Is it time to reconsider punitive drug policies that disrupt supply chains and punish drug possession? MODERATOR TBA
Week 7: Myanmar and ASEAN
Monday, March. 14, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
The situation in Myanmar, including the coup by the military in February 2021 and the ongoing human rights crises, coupled with civil resistance by those opposed to the regime, has led to the chaos in the Southeast Asian country. How are neighboring countries reacting, and what role will ASEAN play? KEVIN COOTS, MODERATOR
Week 8: Biden's Agenda
Monday, March. 28, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
The new administration in Washington promised to reverse many of the policies of the past administration, especially in foreign policy. How will issues such as climate, the pandemic, and alliances be treated under the Biden administration? MODERATOR TBA
Week 9: Russia and the U.S.
Monday, April. 4, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
Russia and the United States have many areas of conflict and some possible areas of mutual interest. Arms control, Russian interference in U.S. elections and support of cyberattacks, the status of Ukraine, the fate of opposition politcians in Russia, all continue to be concerning. How will the new administration in Washington approach these issues? MICHELLE MART, PhD., MODERATOR