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Great Decisions

What is Great Decisions?

Great Decisions is a national program of the Foreign Policy Association. In North Carolina, the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte is the state coordinator. Great Decisions is the largest non-partisan citizen education effort of its kind and has provided quality information and tools for over fifty years.

Each year, the Foreign Policy Association publishes a Great Decisions Briefing Book. The book highlights eight of the year's most significant foreign policy issues. The book provides facts, charts, and nonpartisan analysis of the "great decisions" facing the U.S. public and policy makers. Maps, online services and other resources are available to complement programs. In addition, a DVD series and Teacher's Guide are available for purchase.

What are the eight topics for 2015?

  1. Brazil's Metamorphosis
  2. Human Trafficking in the 21st Century
  3. India Changes Course 
  4. Privacy in the Digital Age
  5. Russia and the Near Abroad
  6. Sectarianism in the Middle East
  7. Syria's Refugee Crisis
  8. U.S. Policy Toward Africa

What is the Charlotte Lecture Series?

The Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte coordinates a local community lecture series annually. The Charlotte Great Decisions Lecture Series consists of six weekly sessions and is an opportunity for citizens to meet, discuss and learn about some of the issues facing our world.  Each week a local expert from nearby colleges and universities provides additional perspective on the topic of interest and answers questions regarding the information presented in the Briefing Book and through the lecture. A registration form is available below.

Wednesday, January 14: India Changes Course
Dr. J. Daniel White, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Wednesday, January 21: U.S. Policy Towards Africa
Dr. Beth Elise Whitaker, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Wednesday, January 28:  Brazil in Metamorphosis
Dr. Oscar de la Torre, Assistant Professor, Department of Africana Studies

Wednesday, February 4:  Biometrics and Privacy in the Digital Age
Dr. Bojan Cukic, Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science

Wednesday, February 11: Sectarianism in the Middle East
Dr. Joyce Dalsheim, Assistant Professor, Department of Global, International and Area Studies

Wednesday, February 18: Russia and the Near Abroad
Dr. Steve Sabol, Associate Professor, Department of History

Wednesday, February 25
inclement weather reschedule date

Time & Location

All lectures will take place from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

UNC Charlotte Center City
320 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202 

For directions and parking information, please visit the UNC Charlotte Building website at:

Cost Information

Lectures are free. A Great Decisions briefing book is available for $21.00 (includes tax). Payment is accepted at the door with cash or check.


To register for the 2015 Great Decisions Lecture Series, please complete the online registration form.

Evaluation and Feedback

If you would like to provide feedback or opinions on any of the Great Decisions Lectures you have attended, please complete an online evaluation form.

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