Great Decisions

What is Great Decisions?

Great Decisions LogoGreat 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 on the Foreign Policy Association's website.

Please check back in late Fall 2017 to get details about the Winter 2018 Lecture Series!

See below for a sample schedule from 2017's Great Decisions Series!

What were the eight topics for 2017?

  1. The future of Europe
  2. Trade and politics
  3. Conflict in the South China Sea
  4. Saudi Arabia in Transition
  5. U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
  6. Latin America’s political pendulum
  7. Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
  8. Nuclear Security

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 five 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.

What were the dates and topics for 2017?

Wednesday, February 1: The Future of Europe
Dr. Steve Sabol, Professor, Department of History
UNC Charlotte Center City, Room 204 - 320 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
*** joint event with The Magellan Society, the young professional branch of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte***

Wednesday, February 8: Trade and Politics
Dr. Dale Smith, Professor and Chair, Department of Global Studies
UNC Charlotte Center City, Room 204 - 320 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Wednesday, February 15: Latin America's Political Pendulum
Dr. Greg Weeks, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
UNC Charlotte Center City, Room 204 - 320 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Wednesday, February 22: Conflict in the South China Sea
Dr. Cheryl Brown, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Charlotte International House - 1817 Central Ave #215, Charlotte, NC 28205

*** joint event with Young Professionals @ International House***

Wednesday, March 1: Nuclear Security
Dr. Justin Conrad, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Charlotte Country Day School - 1440 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226

Time & Location

All lectures took place Wednesday evenings from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The locations for the 2017 lectures are listed above. Please note that lectures were held in multiple locations around Charlotte.

Parking

Parking at Charlotte Country Day School

  • The lecure will be held at Cramer Lecture Hall and signage will lead attendees from the visitor's lot
  • Parking in the visitor's lot at Charlotte Country Day School's Cannon Campus is FREE of charge
  • A map of the campus, including where to park and where to find the lecture is available for those who need direction. Additionally, ADA access is available.

Cost Information

Lectures are free. Great Decisions Briefing Books will NOT be available onsite. If you are interested in purchasing a book, please do so online at the Foreign Policy Association's website.

Registration

The online registration form for the 2017 Great Decisions Lecture Series is now CLOSED! Please check back in December to RSVP for the 2018 Series.

Evaluation and Feedback

The online evaluation form for the 2017 lectures are now CLOSED. Evaluations will reopen following the first lecture of 2018.


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