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Patel and Wu headline the 27th year of Great Decisions lecture series

From St. Norbert College, January 16, 2009
by Mike Counter,, (920) 403-3089

Great Decisions is a national program meant to bring together local, regional and national experts in an eight-week lecture series discussing international issues of interest to the community. St. Norbert College is hosting the public event for its 27th year in northeastern Wisconsin.

Topics for the series are selected by the Foreign Policy Association of America and are intended to provide a local forum for discussion on current political and economic issues of the day. The speakers themselves are selected by participating colleges and universities. St. Norbert College is one of only two schools in Wisconsin that presents the entire series. (UW-Milwaukee is the other.)

The following are the topics and speakers for 2009. All lectures will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Howard Theater, Bemis International Center.

February 11: Crisis in the Global Food Supply by Raj Patel, international author and advocate on world food distribution.

February 18: Energy and the Global Economy by Kevin Quinn and Marc von der Ruhr, economists, St. Norbert College.

February 25: Afghanistan and Pakistan: The people and the Border Jennifer Brick, political scientist, UW-Madison.

March 4: The Arctic Age: Economics, International Politics and Environmental Issues by Bob Reiss, international author and expert on the artic region.

March 11: Egypt in the 21st Century by Ghada Talhami, political scientist, Lake Forest College

March 25: Cuba after Fidel by Ambassador Peter Deshazo, currently the director of American Programs for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.

April 1: Universal Human Rights by Harry Wu, internationally known Chinese human rights activist.

April 8: The U.S. and Rising Powers by Expert from the U.S. State Department for Pacific and Asian Affairs, name to be determined.

Advance subscription for the entire series is available for $40 per person. Subscription includes admission to all eight lectures and the Great Decisions briefing book. The briefing book includes background information on the lecture topics and access to the association