Baylor Alumni Association To Offer Foreign Policy Series on 'Great Decisions'

Aug. 7, 2006

The Baylor Alumni Association Lifelong Learning division will offer local residents a timely discussion series on foreign policy called "Great Decisions," which will run from Monday, Sept. 18 through Nov. 6 at Baylor University in Waco. The themes for the eight-week series include United Nations Reform, the United States and Iran, energy, Brazil, human rights, China and India, Turkey, and pandemics and security.

A national program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, "Great Decisions" is designed to engage citizens in learning about the world. Each session will be directed by Dr. Gayle Avant, associate professor of political science at Baylor, and will be introduced by a short video by the Foreign Policy Association.

"The Foreign Policy Association produces excellent materials, and we warmly welcome anyone in the Waco area, as well as Baylor alumni, to join these discussions," said Leslie Coltrain, coordinator of Lifelong Learning for the Baylor Alumni Association.

The Great Decisions Global Affairs Education Program celebrated 50 years in 2004, and includes the annual Briefing Book, Great Decisions TV, the National Opinion Ballot Report and an online newsletter, as well as discussion groups across the country.

"We hope to have folks in our group this fall who have strong views on some of our topics, as well as folks who have lived or worked in one of the foreign countries covered in this series," Avant said.

Registration for the Great Decisions 2006 series costs $75 for individuals and $125 for families. All materials are included. The classes will meet each Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in room 329 of the Draper Academic Building on the Baylor campus. Participants may park behind the nearby Pat Neff Hall.

For more information, contact Coltrain at (254) 710-1124.

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