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Lineup announced for 28th year of Great Decisions lecture series at St. Norbert College

From St. Norbert College, January 11, 2010
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 28th 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 2010. All lectures will be held at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday evenings, in the Fort Howard Theater, Bemis International Center.

Global Financial Crisis (Feb. 17) David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize winner as a journalist 2001; nominated three more times since. Author of three books in the field.

Special Envoys (Feb. 24) Art Cyr, director of International Business Center, CarthageCollege.

Russia and its Neighbors (March 3) Ian Kelly, past director of the Russia Desk, U.S. State Department.

Preventing Genocide (March 10) Celesten Musekura, founder of African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries.

U.S.-Chinese Security Relations (March 24) Julia Chang Bloch, foreign affairs veteran and past U.S. ambassador, who is currently the ambassador in residence at the University of Maryland.

Global Crime (March 31) Robert and John Pavich, father and son, are international criminal attorneys and have argued before the international criminal court in The Hague. John Pavich is a 1998 graduate of St. Norbert College.

The Persian Gulf (April. 7) Rami George Khouri, a well-known editor and journalist in Lebanon, speaks around the world on this subject.

Women in Latin American Politics (April 14) Gratzia Villarroel, associate professor of political science at St. Norbert College and a known specialist in the field of international studies.

Advance subscription for the entire series is available for $40 per person. Subscription includes admission to all eight lectures and a copy of the Great Decisions briefing book. The briefing book includes background information on the lecture topics and access to the association's web site,, for resources, guides to topics and online discussion forums. Admission to individual sessions is also available for $5 at the door, and briefing books are available for $15.

For more information, contact the St. Norbert College Center for International Education at (920) 403-4075, or go to