Discussion Groups – See Calendar

WACMB runs two regular discussion groups: one offered entirely through WACMB, and one offered in partnership with the OLLI program at CSUMB.

Upcoming dates and topics are listed in the Calendar block on this page. Click on a Discussion Group event in the calendar for more information.

If you are interested in attending a discussion group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org to indicate your interest. Come join the conversation!

For general information about Discussion Groups click here.

WACMB/OLLI Discussion Group

Now that the 2021 Great Decisions discussion series has ended, the OLLI Discussion Group will take its usual seasonal hiatus until the fall.

WACMB Discussion Group

The WACMB Discussion Group is facilitated by Judith Glickman and Boyd Haight. If you are interested in participating in the group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org to let them know. Come join the conversation!

Schedule is also shown in the WACMB Calendar block nearby. To add a reminder to your personal calendar, click the desired session to expand it and click "copy to my calendar" at the bottom of the listing.

Discussion Groups – September 2021

WACMB runs two regular discussion groups: one offered entirely through WACMB, and one offered in partnership with the OLLI program at CSUMB. If you are interested in attending a discussion group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org to indicate your interest. Come join the conversation!

WACMB/OLLI Discussion Group

Now that the 2021 Great Decisions discussion series has ended, the OLLI Discussion Group will take its usual seasonal hiatus until the fall.

WACMB Discussion Group

On Monday, September 13, the WACMB Discussion Group will consider the topic “Russia – The United States – Ukraine: Where Do We Go From Here?” The topic ties into Ambassador William Taylor’s August 15 Quick Take on the same subject. Find additional information on the topic in a Council on Foreign Relations backgrounder. The Discussion Group will meet on Zoom
from 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Meetings will continue be held online via Zoom through the spring and summer, and will move to in-person meetings once it’s been determined that such meetings can be done safely.

The WACMB Discussion Group is facilitated by Judith Glickman and Boyd Haight. If you are interested in participating in the group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org and let them know. Come join the conversation!

Schedule is also shown in the WACMB Calendar block nearby. To add a reminder to your personal calendar, click the desired session to expand it and click "copy to my calendar" at the bottom of the listing.

Discussion Groups – August 2021

WACMB runs two regular discussion groups: one offered entirely through WACMB, and one offered in partnership with the OLLI program at CSUMB. If you are interested in attending a discussion group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org to indicate your interest. Come join the conversation!

WACMB/OLLI Discussion Group

Now that the 2021 Great Decisions discussion series has ended, the OLLI Discussion Group will take its usual seasonal hiatus until the fall.

WACMB Discussion Group

On Monday, August 2, the WACMB Discussion Group will consider a comparative analysis of healthcare systems abroad. The topic ties into Victor Rodwin’s July 30 Quick Take on the same subject, and will be further supported by Dr. Mike Wilson, who will explain the elements of universal healthcare. A short paper by Peter Levin on challenges to the US healthcare system will provide further context. The meeting will take place on Zoom from 4:00-5:30 pm.

Meetings will continue be held online via Zoom through the spring and summer, and will move to in-person meetings once it’s been determined that such meetings can be done safely.

The WACMB Discussion Group is facilitated by Judith Glickman and Boyd Haight. If you are interested in participating in the group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org and let them know. Come join the conversation!

Schedule is also shown in the WACMB Calendar block nearby. To add a reminder to your personal calendar, click the desired session to expand it and click "copy to my calendar" at the bottom of the listing.

Discussion Groups – July 2021

WACMB runs two regular discussion groups: one offered entirely through WACMB, and one offered in partnership with the OLLI program at CSUMB. If you are interested in attending a discussion group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org to indicate your interest. Come join the conversation!

WACMB/OLLI Discussion Group

Now that the 2021 Great Decisions discussion series has ended, the OLLI Discussion Group will take its usual seasonal hiatus until the fall.

WACMB Discussion Group

The WACMB Discussion Group will meet on Monday, July 12, to consider the concept of Accelerationism: The International Apocalyptic Doctrine That’s Unifying the Far Right, based on the Quick Take video of the same name by Alex Newhouse, Deputy Director, Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at MIIS. The video can be viewed at your convenience by going to this link. This and all other WACMB videos can be found on the Speakers, Topics, and Videos page of this website. We are pleased that Mr. Newhouse will be able to join the discussion, which will take place from 4:00-5:30 via Zoom.

Meetings will continue be held online via Zoom through the spring and summer, and will move to in-person meetings once it’s been determined that such meetings can be done safely.

The WACMB Discussion Group is facilitated by Judith Glickman and Boyd Haight. If you are interested in participating in the group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org and let them know. Come join the conversation!

Schedule is also shown in the WACMB Calendar block nearby. To add a reminder to your personal calendar, click the desired session to expand it and click "copy to my calendar" at the bottom of the listing.

Discussion Groups – June 2021

WACMB runs two regular discussion groups: one offered entirely through WACMB, and one offered in partnership with the OLLI program at CSUMB. If you are interested in attending a discussion group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org to indicate your interest. Come join the conversation!

WACMB/OLLI Discussion Group

Now that the 2021 Great Decisions discussion series has ended, the OLLI Discussion Group will take its usual seasonal hiatus until the fall.

WACMB Discussion Group

The WACMB Discussion Group will meet on Monday, June 7, to discuss US foreign policy in Central America and its impact on immigration policy.

Meetings will continue be held online via Zoom through the spring and summer, and will move to in-person meetings once it’s been determined that such meetings can be done safely.

The WACMB Discussion Group is facilitated by Judith Glickman and Boyd Haight. If you are interested in participating in the group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org and let them know. Come join the conversation!

Schedule is also shown in the WACMB Calendar block nearby. To add a reminder to your personal calendar, click the desired session to expand it and click "copy to my calendar" at the bottom of the listing.

Discussion Groups – May 2021

WACMB runs two regular discussion groups: one offered entirely through WACMB, and one offered in partnership with the OLLI program at CSUMB. If you are interested in attending a discussion group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org to indicate your interest. Come join the conversation!

WACMB/OLLI Discussion Group

Now that the 2021 Great Decisions discussion series has ended, the OLLI Discussion Group will take its usual seasonal hiatus until the fall.

WACMB Discussion Group

The WACMB Discussion Group will meet on Monday, May 10, to discuss “Afghanistan Today.” There may also be a meeting on Monday, May 31, and further information will be available once that decision has been made.

Meetings will continue be held online via Zoom through the spring and summer, and will move to in-person meetings once it’s been determined that such meetings can be done safely.

The WACMB Discussion Group is facilitated by Judith Glickman and Boyd Haight. If you are interested in participating in the group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org and let them know. Come join the conversation!

Schedule is also shown in the WACMB Calendar block nearby. To add a reminder to your personal calendar, click the desired session to expand it and click "copy to my calendar" at the bottom of the listing.

Discussion Groups – Great Decisions 2021 is Underway!

The 2021 Great Decisions discussion series, which began in February, continues through the end of March. Produced by the Foreign Policy Association of America, Great Decisions is the country’s largest discussion program on world affairs.

Your World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area is offering two discussion groups that use FPA’s materials to guide this eight-week-long program. One group is moderated by Judith Glickman and Boyd Haight. The other group is moderated by John Hetz, and is offered in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSUMB.

Both groups meet online on Monday evenings from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Both groups follow the same schedule, which is printed below.

  • February 1 – Global Supply Chains and National Security
  • February 8 – Persian Gulf Security Issues
  • February 15 – No Class for Presidents’ Day
  • February 22 – Brexit and the European Union
  • March 1 – Struggles Over the Melting Arctic
  • March 8 – China’s Role in Africa
  • March 15 – The Korean Peninsula
  • March 22 – Roles of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic
  • March 29 – The End of Globalization?
Schedule is also shown in the WACMB Calendar block nearby. To add a reminder to your personal calendar, click the desired session to expand it and click "copy to my calendar" at the bottom of the listing.

The Foreign Policy Association produces a Briefing Booklet to be used with Great Decisions. The Booklet costs $32 plus shipping, and is highly recommended for those in the program. To order, either call the Foreign Policy Association at 1(800) 477-5836 or go to their website at https://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/?act=gd_materials. Briefing Booklets are no longer available for purchase locally; they must be ordered from the Foreign Policy Association.

After the conclusion of Great Decisions, WACMB will resume its regular discussion group schedule. Like the Great Decisions groups, there will be two of these regular discussion groups: one offered entirely through WACMB, and one offered in partnership with the OLLI program at CSUMB. If you are interested in attending a discussion group, please send an email to info@wacmb.org to indicate your interest.

WACMB Great Decisions Group

This group will be moderated by Judith Glickman and Boyd Haight. Please register in advance by sending an email to WACMB at our new email address: info@wacmb.org. Once registered, you will be sent Zoom links for each session of the discussion group, and information about how to view the video documentaries that provide additional context for the discussions. Participants should plan to view the videos on their own prior to the meetings.

WACMB/OLLI Great Decisions Group

This group will be moderated by John Hetz. Please register in advance online at https://olli.csumb.edu/courses/. Registration opens on January 21 at 10:00 am. Once registered, you will be sent Zoom links for each session and information about how to access the video documentaries, which you will view on your own prior to the meetings.

Discussion Groups, November-December 2020

WACMB offers two discussion groups. Both are free, and meet via Zoom from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. If you are interested in participating in a discussion group, please email the WACMB office at wacmb@redshift.com and let us know.

The MPC Discussion Group is moderated by Judith Glickman.
  • Monday, November 2: Ethics of Warfare and Changing Technology
  • Monday, November 16: The Erosion of Democracy in Hungary and Poland
  • Monday, November 30: Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific
  • Monday, December 14: Muslims in China Today, with a Focus on the Uyghurs
The OLLI/CSUMB Discussion Group is moderated by John Hetz
  • Monday, November 9: Topic TBA.
  • Monday, December 14: Topic also TBA.

For more information about WACMB Discussion Groups, click here.

Discussion Groups, October 2020

WACMB offers two discussion groups: one with MPC and one with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSUMB. Both are free. Due to current restrictions on public gatherings, both groups are being conducted on Zoom. If you are interested in participating in a discussion group, please email the WACMB office at wacmb@redshift.com and let us know of your interest.

The MPC Discussion Group, moderated by Judith Glickman, is meeting via Zoom. Meetings take place from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

Monday, October 5: “Modi’s Agenda in the Year of the Pandemic,” with introductory remarks by Anshu Chatterjee.

Monday, October 19: “Globalization and Governance,” with introductory remarks by Jonathan Czarnecki.

The OLLI/CSUMB Discussion Group, moderated by John Hetz, will meet via Zoom on Monday, October 12 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm, to discuss “Narendra Modi’s Nationalist Agenda in the Era of the Pandemic.”


For more information about WACMB Discussion Groups, click here.

Discussion Groups, August 2020

The MPC Discussion Group is meeting via Zoom. Moderated by Judith Glickman, the group will meet on August 10 and 24. Check the Passport next month for September’s schedule.

The OLLI/CSUMB Discussion Group, moderated by John Hetz, will resume on September 14, and will then meet on October 12, November 9, and December 14.


For more information about WACMB Discussion Groups, click here.