Discussion Groups – Great Decisions 2021 is Coming!

WACMB is pleased to present the 2021 Great Decisions program. This discussion series begins on Monday, February 1, and runs for eight weeks. Produced by the Foreign Policy Association of America, Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program provides background information and policy options for eight of the most critical issues facing the United States each year, providing the focus for discussion groups across the country.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 Great Decisions program will be offered entirely online. The program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. WACMB will offer two groups this year: one solely through WACMB and one in collaboration with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSUMB. Both groups will meet on Monday evenings from 4:00 – 5:30, and will follow the same schedule, which is listed below. These programs fill up fast! Register early to avoid disappointment.

  • 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.

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.

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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.”


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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.


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Discussion Group meetings moved online

Due to Covid-19 constraints, we are temporarily moving our discussion groups online.

The MPC/WACMB group under the leadership of Judith Glickman is meeting virtually via Zoom. This group is currently full, but if you are interested in participating, please send us an email and we’ll see what we can do.

The OLLI/WACMB group is currently on its summer hiatus, but will resume in the fall, when it will be moderated by John Hetz.

Discussion Group meetings temporarily suspended

The Great Decisions program concluded on March 23. If you missed it, or if you’d like to experience it in a different version, check out these videos from the Foreign Policy Association.

To reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, physical meetings of the WACMB Discussion Groups are temporarily suspended.

Judith Glickman and the MPC Discussion Group team are exploring ways for the group to meet virtually. Check back here on our website for further updates.

Discussion Groups, January – March 2020

On January 27, both of the WACMB Discussion Groups will begin the annual Great Decisions series, which is produced by the Foreign Policy Association of America and is the country’s largest discussion program. The program, which runs for eight weeks, provides background information and policy options for some of the most critical issues facing us each year. WACMB presents this free program at both of our regular discussion group locations: Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the Ryan Ranch location of California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB).

Purchase of the Great Decisions Briefing Booklet is strongly recommended. Booklets will be available for $27 at the monthly luncheon at Palo Corona on January 20; they may be acquired at each meeting site for the same price, or they may be ordered online through the Foreign Policy Assocation for $32 plus shipping.

The MPC program will meet from 4:00-5:30 in Room 101 of the Social Sciences Building. Parking is available for $3 in Lot D. Its schedule will be as follows:

  • Jan. 27: Climate Change and the Global Order
  • Feb. 3: India and Pakistan
  • Feb. 10: Red Sea Security
  • **No meeting on February 17
  • Feb. 24: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Mar. 2: US Relations with the Northern Triangle
  • Mar. 9: China’s Road into Latin America
  • Mar. 16: The Philippines and the US
  • Mar. 23: Artificial Intelligence and Data

Participants in the OLLI/CSUMB program must register in advance for the series. Registration for the program and booklet orders will be available beginning January 16 at https://olli.csumb.edu/courses, or by calling (831) 582-5500. Its schedule will be as follows:

  • Jan. 27: Climate Change and the Global Order
  • Feb. 3: India and Pakistan
  • Feb. 10: Red Sea Security
  • Feb. 17: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Feb. 24: US Relations with the Northern Triangle
  • Mar. 2: China’s Road into Latin America
  • Mar. 9: The Philippines and the US
  • **No meeting on March 16
  • Mar. 23: Artificial Intelligence and Data Program

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Discussion Groups for November 2019

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WACMB Discussion Group meetings are free and open to the public.


MPC

While MPC Discussion Group Meetings are normally held on the second Monday of the month, MPC is is closed on November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day. Therefore the November meeting will be held on November 4 from 4:00-5:30 pm in Room 101, Social Sciences Building. Parking is available for $3 in Lot D.

This month’s topic is “Turmoil in Hong Kong.” Participants will explore the genesis of the current turmoil in Hong Kong. Possible outcomes also will be discussed.

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OLLI/CSUMB

Following up on October’s luncheon topic, the November OLLI discussion group will address the current turmoil in Hong Kong .

During the regular school year, meetings are on the third Monday of the month, from 4:00-5:30 at the CSUMB Ryan Ranch Location. Parking is free. Note: please RSVP for this group at either csumb.edu/olli or (831) 582-5500 so that you can receive course communications.

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Discussion Groups for October 2019

To see a list of recent Discussion Group events, click here.

WACMB Discussion Group meetings are free and open to the public.


MPC

Meetings are on the second Monday of the month, from 4:00-5:30 pm in Room 101, Social Sciences Building. Parking is available for $3 in Lot D.

October’s topic is “The Iranian Powder Keg.” What caused the current tense relationship between the US and Iran? How likely is armed conflict between the two?

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OLLI/CSUMB

Following up on September’s luncheon topic, the October OLLI discussion group will address relations between the US and Mexico.

During the regular school year, meetings are on the third Monday of the month, from 4:00-5:30 at the CSUMB Ryan Ranch Location. Parking is free. Note: please RSVP for this group at either csumb.edu/olli or (831) 582-5500 so that you can receive course communications.

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