2017 Winter Series will begin begin in early February 2017 through the end of March 2017 – Lecture will be held from 10:30 am to noon at Kirkland Village Auditorium in Bethlehem.

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. to noon at Kirkland Village in Bethlehem, PA and feature local experts.  Following each lecture is a Q&A session.


(1) EU

(2) Trade

(3) China

(4) Gulf Cooperation Council / Saudi Arabia

(5) Geopolitics of energy

(6) Latin America

(7) Afghanistan / Pakistan

(8) Nuclear Security

 *Wording of titles and the order of the topics may change.


Fees for the Great Decisions Lecture Series are:

YWCA Members:
$60 with one book
$85 for Couple, with one book

Non-YWCA Members:
$85 with one book
$110 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 adminassist@ywcabethlehem.org.

Visit the Foreign Policy Association website for more information.