The full series began on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 for eight weeks.
8 Week Series, Wednesdays, Feb. 4—March 25 10:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. Kirkland Village Auditorium, One Kirkland Circle, Bethlehem PA 18017
Feb. 4 – Russia and the Near Abroad, Professor Luba Iskold, Professor of Russian, Muhlenberg College
If Putin’s Russia isn’t afraid to take an aggressive stance against Europeanization in Ukraine, what does that mean for the rest of Russia’s neighbors?
Feb. 11 – Privacy in the Digital Age, Charlie Russell, Systems Analyst at TASC, Advisory Services Provider to Government & Industry
Is privacy as we know it long dead? U.S.’s unwarranted privacy intrusions have compelled other countries to revamp their privacy protections.
Feb. 18 – Sectarianism in the Middle East, Professor Chaim Kauffman, International Relations, Lehigh Univeristy
The conflicts caused by the politicization of ethnic and religious identity cause tensions between Iraq and in Syria; Iran and Saudi Arabia; Sunnis and Shi‘ites. Many roots are political, not religious. What can the U.S. do about them?
Feb. 25 – India Changes Course – Prabhat Kumar, Program Manager, Indian American Association of the Lehigh Valley
Fed up with corruption, dynastic policies and ineffective public services, Indian voters catapulted Narenda Modi into power. How does the U.S. secure its interests in the light of unknowns in India?
March 4 – U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Lars Benson, Sr. Program Officer, Africa CIPE
Home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, Africa has become a draw for foreign investors. The U.S. promised to promote “strong institutions, not strong men,” and healthy economies over profit. How can U.S. policy work?
March 11 – Brazil’s Metamorphosis, John Zemko, Regional Director for Latin America, CIPE
After economic troubles in the 1990s, Brazil has risen to new prominence by working on global issues ranging from climate change to peacekeeping. But deep divisions over income inequality, weak civic institutions and poor regional leadership have held it back.
March 18 – Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, Linda Brownback, M.A. VAST, The Valley Against Sex Trafficking
The U.S, as a leading human trafficking importer, needs to combat this multibillion dollar industry. The U.S. and other countries have laws to prevent it, but they must eliminate the root causes .
March 25 – Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Very Reverend Father Anthony Sabbagh, Pastor, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Allentown, PA
Because of its civil war, Syrians are becoming the world’s largest refugee population. Will Syrians become dependent on emergency aid? Ultimately, the safety of the displaced Syrians rests with the whole international community.
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. We partner with the private, non-partisan Foreign Policy Association (FPA) in New York City, the oldest and largest grassroots educational program on world affairs reaching 880 cities and 350,000 members. The FPA selects eight topics each year and chooses experts to write for the 100-page Great Decisions Briefing Book. This book is included with registration.
The Bethlehem Great Decisions group is the only Great Decision group in the Lehigh Valley. Lectures run for eight Wednesdays in winter, at 10:30 a.m. at Kirkland Village in Bethlehem, PA and feature local experts. Following each lecture is a Q&A session.
Fees for the Great Decisions Lecture Series are:
$65 with one book
$85 for Couple, with one book
$90 with one book
$105 for Couple, with one book
Walk-in Single Lecture – $10, no book
Students – No charge with valid I.D.
For more information on the series please contact the YWCA of Bethlehem at (610) 867-4669, ext. 101 or e-mail email@example.com.
Visit the Foreign Policy Association website for more information.
The Great Decisions Lecture series is held at Kirkland Village, located at 1 Kirkland Village Circle, Bethlehem, PA 18017. However, we ask that you park in the back of the First Presbyterian Church, located next door to Kirkland Village.
PLEASE follow these directions to the First Presbyterian Church on Center St., park in the back of their lot and walk through to Kirkland Village.
From the south (e.g., Quakertown, Pa.) – Follow 309 north to 378 (Center Valley). Follow 378 over the top of a mountain and into Bethlehem. At the north end of the bridge that crosses the Lehigh River, turn right onto the ramp that leads to Main Street. Proceed seven blocks and turn right onto Union Boulevard. Proceed several blocks to Center Street. Turn left onto Center Street and proceed north to the church at 2344 Center Street. The church is on the right at the top of a hill. Turn right into the “Enter” driveway and follow signs to parking facilities.
From the west (e.g., Allentown, Pa.) – Follow 22 east until you reach the exit at 512, Center Street. (There is only one exit at 512 traveling east.) At the end of the exit ramp turn left onto Center Street. Follow Center Street southbound past traffic lights at Johnston Drive and Macada Road and proceed to the top of a hill. The church is on the left. Turn left into the “Enter” driveway and follow signs to parking facilities.
From the east (e.g., Easton, Pa.) – Follow 22 west until you reach the exit at 512, Center Street. (There is only one exit at 512 traveling west.) At the end of the exit ramp turn left onto Center Street. Follow Center Street southbound past traffic lights at Johnston Drive and Macada Road and proceed to the top of a hill. The church is on the left. Turn left into the “Enter” driveway and follow signs to parking facilities.
From the north (e.g., Stroudsburg, Pa.) – Follow 33 south until it intersects with 22. Proceed west on 22 and follow the directions that pertain to an approach from the east.
The 2013-2014 Great Decisions Committee Members are:
Mary Beebe, Chair
Director of Development & Scholarships
Northampton Community College
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Management Consulting Services
Dr. Thomas Eighmy, Ph.D.
Retired, Foreign Services Officer
Retired, Women’s Program Director
Retired Attorney, Bethlehem Steel Corporation
Retired, Adjunct Professor
Northampton County Community College/Cedar Crest College
James West, Ph.D.
Executive Director, The R. K. Laros Foundation
Michelle Chrin, Ex-Officio
Mahboobeh Shekari, YWCA Staff Liaison
Director of Finance and Administration
YWCA of Bethlehem
For information on joining the Great Decisions Committee or for more information about the program, please contact the YWCA of Bethlehem at (610) 867-4669, ext. 101.