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Great Decisions Discussion Series Begins February 21

Great decisions book coverGreat Decisions Discussion Series begin again at the Norman Public Library February 21 in Room A/B at the library, 225 N. Webster, at 6:30 p.m. with a video presentation produced by the Foreign Policy Association, followed by the guest speaker and discussion forum. Refreshments are served.

Great Decisions is the flagship educational program of the Foreign Policy Association. The nation-wide outreach program was started in 1954. Today, there are more than 400,000 participants.

The February 21 discussion topic is China Trade, presented by Professor Peter Gries, Ph.D., the Harold J. & Ruth Newman Chair in US-China Issues and Director of the Institute for US-China Issues, University of Oklahoma.
Recent product safety scares have thrown the spotlight on the enormous role China plays in supplying products to the U.S. Questions to be discussed in the first meeting include: Could the large and growing trade imbalance with China have an adverse effect on the U.S. economy? What role does the undervalued Chinese currency play?

The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about world issues. It provides publications, programs and forums to increase public awareness of matters relating to world policy.

Through the discussion series hosted by the Norman public library, participants can meet, discuss issues, debate and arrive at an informed opinion on each topic. The Norman library will host four discussions during February and March this year.

For each session, participants will read essays on the listed topic and then meet to discuss the topic with a local scholar. At the end of the program, each participant is invited to complete a national opinions survey, the results of which are presented to the White House, the Departments of State and Defense, members of Congress, and the national media.

Participants may register to attend any or all of the Great Decisions programs. To register or for more information, stop by the Adult Information Desk at the library or call 701-2620. An optional Briefing Book which contains all the essays and reading material is available for purchase. The Great Decisions Program is sponsored locally by the Friends of the Norman Public Library.

Other dates, topics, and moderators in the series are: February 28 Defense and Security, presented by Ambassador Edwin Corr, Senior Research Fellow of the Internatioinal Programs Center, University of Oklahoma; March 6 European Union at 50, presented by Professor Mitchell Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, School of International and Area Studies, University of Oklahoma; March 13 Russia, presented by Professor Paul Goode, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Oklahoma.
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