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Great Decisions - Global Outreach

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Discussions to engage citizens in learning about the world, sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association and the Durango Public Library. Please plan to join us in January 2016.

Special events

Great Decisions 2017

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*Great Decisions 2017 Discussion Group to meet at Durango Public Library on May 9th

On Tuesday, May 9th, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our final discussion will be "Saudi Arabia in transition." The discussion will be led by Katherine Burgess

She will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues. Please follow this link to review and print the glossary: Saudi Arabia in transition. Now would be a good time to mark your calendar.

As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to the drastic decline in oil revenue, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to boldly transform the country and shift more power to the younger generation. At the same time, many countries such as the U.S. point out the lack of democracy, women's rights and human rights in Saudi Arabia, and blame its promotion of Wahhabism, an extremely conservative version of Islam, for creating jihadists. Bipartisan criticism of Saudi Arabia is rising in Congress. Both countries need each other, but they are at a crossroads in bilateral relations.

Katherine Burgess spent more than 15 years overseas in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe with the Department of State. She earned her Ph.D. in the Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2006 and taught the History of Western Civilization at Southwest Colorado Community College for several years. After retiring from the State Department, she and her husband Dwight were owners and operators of Uptown International Travel in Dallas. They moved from Dallas to Durango 13 years ago, and Katherine now works from home as a travel agent.

Katherine has been significantly involved in the operations of Great Decisions in Durango and in liaison with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and she was one of two organizers and presenters for this winter's Art in Context program at the Durango Arts Center.

Join the discussion.

We encourage you to attend and bring a brown bag lunch.

More information about Great Decisions can be found on the websites, Foreign Policy Association and the League of Women Voters of La Plata County. Follow this link to the complete 2017 Great Decisions discussion schedule.

For more information, contact Lyle Hancock at lylehancock@bresnan.net.

*Click GDflyer 2017 to view the 2017 Great Decision schedule

More information about Great Decisions and the Foreign Policy Association can be found at http://www.fpa.org or follow this link to the League of Women Voters of La Plata County website.

For more information, contact Lyle Hancock at lylehancock@bresnan.net. We encourage you to attend and bring a brown bag lunch.

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Past Events

*On Tuesday, February 14th, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our second Great Decisions discussion will cover "Trade and Politics." The discussion will be led by Dr. Michael Todt.
He will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues. Now would be a good time to mark your calendar.

"The U.S. political mood toward trade has soured. The popular narrative has become: trade means that China wins, at America's expense. The numbers, however, may not support that conclusion. The metrics used to gauge economic strength--Gross Domestic Product and balance of trade--have not kept up with the realities of modern manufacturing. Obtaining an accurate picture of U.S. economic stature would require a critique of those numbers. Only then can the U.S. develop appropriate policy solutions for the challenges at hand."

Follow this link to a glossary for Trade and Politics.

Mike is semi-retired, working on publishing history articles. He taught history at West Virginia University, focusing on modern US history, the history of health care reform, the 1960's, and North American history. He has had a private practice as a clinical psychologist; and served as CEO of two state psychiatric hospitals; executive coach and management consultant for Fortune 500 companies; VISTA volunteer; and human resources specialist in productivity and compensation. Mike received his Ph.D. in history from West Virginia University in 2012; his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of Chicago in 1983; his M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1972; and his B.A. from Michigan State University in 1969.

Join the discussion.

We encourage you to attend and bring a brown bag lunch.