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The Transylvania County Library will host Great Decisions, America’s largest discussion program on world affairs, beginning in February 2019. In partnership with the World Affairs Council of WNC, UNC-A, Blue Ridge Community College, and Isothermal Community College, the Library will conduct a six-week series beginning February 6, 2019 and running through March 13, 2019 on consecutive Wednesdays at 3PM in the Rogow Room. Each week will focus on a different topic and will feature a presentation by a scholar in that field, followed by discussion.
February 6 — The series begins with Mark Gibney speaking on “Refugees and Global Migration”. Gibney is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UNCA and an Affiliated Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Sweden.
February 13 — Mike Duncan leads the discussion on “Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics”. Duncan is a private cyber-security consultant who works with corporations, companies, and groups to make their broadband services computer platforms secure and safe for themselves and their customers and members.
February 20 — John Plant discussion topic will be “The Rise of Populism in Europe”. Plant is a retired Army officer, and cuirrently a project manager and proposal writer for Consolidated Analysis Centers International . He was recently awarded a PhD from George Mason University for his work on migration and demographic change in Europe.
February 27 — Tom Sanders speaks on “The Middle East: Regional Disorder”. Sanders holds a PhD from Columbia University and is a retired professor of religious and international studies. He has taught for over 20 years in the OLLI program at UNCA, featuring courses on Turkey, the Kurds, Political Development in the Arab World, Religion & Ethnicity, and Politics in the Middle East.
March 6 — Dot Sulock’s topic is “Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?”. Sulock Is a retired professor of math at UNCA where she taught math, humanities, and international studies. Her teaching at OLLI has included courses on renewable energy, nuclear weapons proliferation, ballistic missiles, missile defense, and the smart grid.
March 13 — We complete the series with Julie Snyder’s presentation, “Decoding US-China Trade”. Snyder is a retired U.S. diplomat with the Department of Commerce who worked in the field of international trade for over 30 years. In her assignments to U.S. embassies in Canada, Asia and Europe, she focused on a wide range of trade agreements to support of the U.S. business community.
The Foreign Policy Association, which began Great Decisions in 1954, publishes a Briefing Book which includes readings on each topic. The Library will have several copies of these books available for participants who wish to borrow one. There is no charge to attend Great Decisions at the Transylvania County Library and no registration is required. Participants need not attend every session in the series. The Great Decisions program is funded by the Transylvania County Library Foundation. For more information, contact the library at 884-3151.