The Great Decisions Lecture Series begins on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
Please follow the instructions below for inclement weather.
The Great Decisions Lecture will be cancelled if Bethlehem Area Schools close for bad weather. Lecture will be held if schools are on a delayed start. Check WFMZ-TV or online at WFMZ under school closings.
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 and will be available in January 2014.
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.
2014 Topics and their Focus
Defense Technology – Professor Frank Gunter, Lehigh University. U.S.M.C. – February 5
What will be the “killer applications” of the 21st century battlefield? From robotic planes to cyberweapons to 3D printing, game-changing applications are moving to battlefield reality. What issues must the U.S. navigate to adapt them?
Israel - Prof. Jason Radine, Moravian College , Asst. Prof. of Religion- February 12
Modern Israel’s struggle with the Palestinians has turned a safe haven for Jews into a decades-long conflict. New strains on the U. S. ‘s longtime ally have resulted from failed peace talks and Israel’s decision to give us the cold shoulder. Old ties are being tested.
Turkey -Babak Yektafgar, Iran Analyst for CIPE - February 19
Turkey’s first Prime Minster Kemal Ataturk tries to build a modern, democratic nation-state with strong ties to Europe, not the Middle East. Clashes between secular and religious groups threaten the very soul of Turkey.
Islamic Awakening – Hussein Ibish, PhD., American Task Force on Palestine – February 26
Can U.S. foreign policy adapt successfully to all of the changes in the Maghreb region: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya? After the Arab Spring, many countries have seen changes in the role of Islam and democracy.
Energy Independence -Steven Pastore, Air Products - March 5
Energy independence would be good for American foreign policy. But should the U.S. invest in the young technology of renewable resources or encourage more traditional fuel production?
Food and Climate -Professor Doug Heath, NCC - March 12
Can the U.S. lead the way to climate reform as a sixth of the world’s population suffers from chronic hunger? Our changing climate is diminishing agricultural land causing water and food to become scarce?
China’s Foreign Policy -Professor Chris Herrick, MuhlenbergCollege – March 19
What does the rapid rise of the new superpower China mean for other countries in Asia? What kinds of conflict with the U.S. does this advance of China’s strategic interests cause?
U.S. Trade Policy -Professor Vera Fennell, Lehigh University – March 26
As America promotes the benefits of democracy and the free market, how do China and the other emerging nations battle the U.S. for global influence? Economic statecraft allows Secretary Kerry to take the reins as a free market matchmaker.
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
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, est. 101 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
HR Mission, LLC
James West, Ph.D.
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.