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Great Decisions

The Great Decisions Lecture Series promotes citizen awareness about timely foreign policy issues.  The purpose of the series, which is sponsored by the YWCA of Bethlehem, is to educate members about important issues relating to American foreign policy and to enable the community to participate in the foreign policy process.


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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017
11:00 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M.
Kirkland Village

Consequence: A Conversation about Interrogation and the Iraq War
Presented by: ERIC FAIR

Consequence is the story of Eric Fair, a kid who grew up in the shadows of crumbling Bethlehem Steel plants nurturing a strong faith and a belief that he was called to serve his country. It is a story of a man who chases his own demons from Egypt, where he served as an Army translator, to a detention center in Iraq, to seminary at Princeton, and eventually, to a heart transplant ward at the University of Pennsylvania.

Speaker Bio: Eric Fair, an Army veteran, worked in Iraq as a contract interrogator in 2004.  He won a Pushcart Prize for his 2012 essay “Consequence,” which was published first in Ploughshares and then in Harper’s Magazine. His op-eds on interrogation have also been published in The Washington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The lecture will be held at Kirkland Village. Please park behind the First Presbyterian Church on 2344 Center St., Bethlehem

No RSVP required and no charge to attend.

For more information on the series please contact the YWCA of Bethlehem at   (610) 867-4669, ext. 101 or e-mail adminassist@ywcabethlehem.org.

Register for the 2018—8 Week Winter Series at this Lecture and receive $10 off registration.


We’re pleased to announce the topics for Great Decisions 2018! This year’s topics are as follows:

  • The waning of Pax Americana?
  • Russia’s foreign policy
  • China and America: the new geopolitical equation
  • Media and foreign policy
  • Turkey: a partner in crisis
  • U.S. global engagement and the military
  • South Africa’s fragile democracy
  • Global health: progress and challenges
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Visit the Foreign Policy Association website for more information about the 2018 series.