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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 2014?

  1. China's Foreign Policy
  2. Defense Technology
  3. Energy Independence
  4. Food and Climate
  5. Islamic Awakening
  6. Israel and the U.S. 
  7. Turkey's Challenges
  8. U.S. Trade Policy

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.

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.

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:
http://centercity.uncc.edu/home/parking-and-directions

Topics

Wednesday, January 15: U.S. Trade Policy
Greg Sizemore, Director, U.S. Commercial Services, U.S. Export Assistance Centers

Wednesday, January 22: Food and Climate
Dr. Greg Pillar, Professor and Chair of Environmental Science and Chemistry, Queens University

Rescheduled for February 26 to University Closure as a Result of Inclement Weather
Wednesday, January 29: China’s Foreign Policy
Dr. Cheryl Brown, Associate Professor, Political Science and Public Administration, UNC Charlotte

Wednesday, February 5: Defense Technology
Dr. James Walsh, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Political Science and Public Administration, UNC Charlotte

Rescheduled for February 26 to University Closure as a Result of Inclement Weather
Wednesday, February 12: Israel and the U.S.
Dr. James Tabor, Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, UNC Charlotte

Wednesday, February 19: Energy Independence
Dr. Johan Enslin, Director, Energy Production and Infrastructure Center, UNC Charlotte

Wednesday, February 26: SPECIAL DOUBLE PRESENTATION *
China’s Foreign Policy
Dr. Cheryl Brown
Associate Professor, Political Science and Public Administration, UNC Charlotte
Israel and the U.S.
Dr. James Tabor
Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, UNC Charlotte

*Both Dr. Brown and Dr. Tabor’s original presentation dates were rescheduled due to inclement weather. This evening will include abbreviated presentations from both presenters with Dr. Brown from
6:30-7:30pm and Dr. Tabor from 7:30-8:30pm

Registration

To register for the 2014 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.


For further questions or information, please send an email to international@uncc.edu.